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Good quality red emperor and nannygai have been hooked, as well as a great mixed bag of dif- ferent species, with most guests using squid and pilchard bait.
Mark and Gemma explored around Hexham Island and landed these nice trout using soft plastics.
Bevan and Maree also closed the Crab Pot Bar during that time, so Stanage was very quiet for quite a while, with no guests and business- es trading to much less than full capacity – and for us not at all.
On the crabbing side of things, it has cer- tainly been quieter this year and right now crabs are virtu- ally non-existent.
Most people have been using prawns – we sell good quality prawns, purchased and supplied directly off the trawler for this very purpose.
Stanage Bay back in business
In Mud crabs n Barra n Bream
T has been a while since we posted an article, this having
Stanage Bay
been such a tumultuous year after the pandemic broke out.
re-book with us over the past few months.
his sons catching fish, and crabs as a bonus.
Stanage Bay closed the doors completely to both our Stanage Bay Marine and Accommo- dation guests.
There have been sev- eral wonderful catches of good quality fish for first timers to Stanage Bay.
Plenty of good-sized bream have been caught and grunter have really turned it on in the sound over the past couple of months, with the largest I heard of being 72cm long.
Though a lot of main- tenance and future planning was achieved, by us at least.
If one is caught though it will be a good full buck – hopefully.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our guests and friends who have stuck by us, rebooked and kept coming back to this wonderful place that we call paradise and the last fishing frontier.
There were also good indications of barra- mundi here in Septem- ber and October, with a few getting caught both on lures and bait.
The fishing outside the bay, when weather permitted, has been very good and several quality red emperor and nannygai were caught, as well as a great mixed bag of different species.
It has been extremely busy since the reopen- ing of our businesses, with all the cancella- tions that were able to
The water getting warmer should help with fishing in the creeks until the closure starts on November 1.
A few of our guests have used plastics, though most have been using fresh squid and pilchard bait, which work well in this area.
The professional crab- bers of the area have said there are good signs for the future and maybe, if we can get a little rain, the crabbing will be back to normal next year.
Quality bait equals quality fish.
Guest Shane snavelled a barramundi using a shallow dive lure ear- lier in the season.
It is very dry here at the moment and a lot of fishers are struggling to get good catches in the creeks.
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It was a great Father’s Day for him, having spent the weekend with
Yet, as I’ve said, grunter, barra and * continued P81
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Plenty of good-sized grunter have been caught and turned it on in the sound.

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