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Barra going over the Awoonga wall yesterday
« on: December 15, 2010, 09:26:55 AM »
received these photos this morning via e-mail, supposedly taken yesterday at the Awoonga spill-way.
sorry I'm not able to vouch for their authenticity, I've received them 3rd hand and have never seen the wall from that angle.


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Re: Barra going over the Awoonga wall yesterday
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2010, 09:40:55 AM »
Nah... It's salmon and where are the bears?

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Re: Barra going over the Awoonga wall yesterday
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2010, 12:01:16 PM »
Sure looks like those damn pesky river fish are swimming up the wall to get to the promised land.

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Re: Barra going over the Awoonga wall yesterday
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2010, 01:44:11 PM »
I'm told there were vast numbers of big chicks going over. That means that the ones who survive the drop will ramp up the Gladstone wild fishery. Restocking by default.
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Re: Barra going over the Awoonga wall yesterday
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2010, 02:31:31 PM »
There's still more people in Gladstone than  new arrival
barra in surrounding water.
Just back from a 10 min watch (2pm Thurs 16th) and didn't sight a fish.
JM put it in perfect perspective when we spoke this morning.
Quote "If you didn't know some fish had gone over, it'd be business as usual"
How true.

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Re: Barra going over the Awoonga wall yesterday
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2010, 02:51:54 PM »
How many have been stocked since the beginning?  3 Mil or something like that.  Don't think thee is anything to worry about. ;)

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Re: Barra going over the Awoonga wall yesterday
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2010, 08:20:13 PM »
Some great photos courteously of GAWB on Monday

Some great photos from GAWB








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Re: Barra going over the Awoonga wall yesterday
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2010, 11:04:56 PM »
Yea, business as usual. Caught today, Awoonga, 118cm, by German angler, Johann Lindhorst.

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Re: Barra going over the Awoonga wall yesterday
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2010, 06:37:35 AM »
WOW!!! in that 2nd last GAWB pic I can see at least 30 big fish there, are they schooling and staging near the spillway lip somewhere ??? I always thought once they got mega sized that they were more solitary, must be some sort of inherent desire to meet up and do some extreme water sliding  ;D

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Re: Barra going over the Awoonga wall yesterday
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2010, 07:28:22 AM »
WOW!!! in that 2nd last GAWB pic I can see at least 30 big fish there, are they schooling and staging near the spillway lip somewhere ??? I always thought once they got mega sized that they were more solitary, must be some sort of inherent desire to meet up and do some extreme water sliding  ;D

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Re: Barra going over the Awoonga wall yesterday
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2010, 08:42:34 AM »
By the look of that spillway I'm surprizes local daredevils haven't tried running it on tubes. It looks doable but I'm sure its kamikaze material....

Hopefully the majority of the fish that go over aren't minced or turn into bull shark poop. Boyne/Tannum locals deserve a crack at the Turkey Shoot phenomenon.... the question is, if there ends up some decent numbers downstream, will the closed season stop em? I'm thinking it probably wont in some cases.

Should B&FP turn a blind eye in this situation? What do you think?

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Re: Barra going over the Awoonga wall yesterday
« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2010, 10:05:41 AM »
Isn't there some ruling that you can fish a certain distance down from the dam wall and it not be considered part of the wild fishery and therefore not subject to the closed season.  I thought there was similar for bass downstream of NPD for example.

JM: a bit off topic but I see the wind is blowing from the left corner to the bottom left in the pic.  Was that one caught off a weed bank with the current flow running across it or directly into it.  What were the circumstances in that particular case if you don't mind me asking.

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Re: Barra going over the Awoonga wall yesterday
« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2010, 10:15:34 AM »
Isn't there some ruling that you can fish a certain distance down from the dam wall and it not be considered part of the wild fishery and therefore not subject to the closed season.  I thought there was similar for bass downstream of NPD for example.
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None that I've ever heard of. In fact many, but not all, dams and weirs have a No Fishing Zone either above, below or both imposed on them. The reason for the bottom side closures is that fish will often push upstream until they hit the barrier & school up. This is seen to give anglers an unfair advantage as the fish are vulnerable to be over exploited.

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Re: Barra going over the Awoonga wall yesterday
« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2010, 10:33:13 AM »
The B&F Patrol have handed out infringements locally for exeeding bag limits and in possession during closed season when fish were collected dead or dying after overflows. Should they turn a blind eye to this ? hard to determine how such fish were obtained unless they actually saw them collect them. The regs. state in possession.
Could be used as an excuse like the old "I was targeting Yella's" chestnut trotted out by many who target Bass in these areas in closed season.
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Re: Barra going over the Awoonga wall yesterday
« Reply #14 on: December 17, 2010, 10:41:33 AM »
Yeah I thought that wasn't right.  I had only heard that so I always put it in the "I'm not gonna risk $100 fine" basket.  Incidentally I have never seen a fisheries person on the water until a recent trip up to Borumba.  I don't get out anywhere near as much as I would like but had never seen them.  Good to know they are getting the job done though.

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