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Mid Brisbane River report
« on: January 06, 2015, 10:47:18 PM »
Paddled from Savages Crossing to Burton's Bridge a few days ago. Haven't done that section for a few months so always good to see if anything has changed.

Good to see the continued return of submerged macrophytes (water weeds) and the vegetation is green after recent rains.

Noted alot of water lettuce floating through the entire section of river.  :OMG

Had a few casts but didn't get so much as a nudge. Alot of good size mullet spotted jumping around.

Was great to see a group of 5 Wedge-Tailed Eagles interacting over the river as well as a few Ospreys and the usual cormorants, darters, pelicans etc.

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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2015, 10:49:21 PM »
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Re: Mid Brisbane River report
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2015, 11:25:00 PM »
G'day Sweetwater,

Many thanks for the report, Whereabouts or what section of the river did you see those mullet?

Cheers, Bondy

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Re: Mid Brisbane River report
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2015, 03:23:53 PM »
G'day Sweetwater,

Many thanks for the report, Whereabouts or what section of the river did you see those mullet?

Cheers, Bondy
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Re: Mid Brisbane River report
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2015, 06:17:35 PM »
Mullet are commonly seen from Kholo too the Wivenhoe Wall.

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Re: Mid Brisbane River report
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2015, 06:45:49 PM »
been many years since I paddled that stretch of water ,thanks for the update.
We lived at lowood before and after the dam was built caught many large Mullet on the bottom side of twin bridges, wife and i would go after the kids went to school
Stand in the shallows drop a float down the fast water to where it got deep hold it there and the large Mullet would suck it in as it came down ,great fun on light gear, put the odd one in the smoker too
 Used to gather green weed from under bridge, looks like cotton wool, soak it in a tin for a hour or so with spoon of salt it gets slimy and stays on the fly hook better

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Re: Mid Brisbane River report
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2015, 10:47:47 PM »
When I was at Wivenhoe Dam working on a project between UQ an SEQWater, couple of the more mature rangers was saying before the big flood hit and the dam was chockers with big mullet, all the mullet went over the wall, Mullet was never put back in the dam since then.

Is there any truth to this about the mullet or would those mature rangers be spinning a big yarn.

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Re: Mid Brisbane River report
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2015, 08:19:30 PM »
Before the first time the flood gates were opened, there were mullet & tarpon in Lake Wivenhoe. I saw mullet to approx 20lb up Kipper Creek. The biggest report I heard of was 22lb.

After the first water release in about '85 I never saw or heard of any mullet or tarpon in the lake since then .....so I would suggest the info is pretty accurate.

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Re: Mid Brisbane River report
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2015, 10:30:15 PM »
Wow,

Those mullet would have been massive.

I know they are good to eat and also good for bait. I wonder why mullet cant be reintroduced into the dams. It's been done with snub nose gar, they have adapted and recruited since. Long nose gar was introduced but could not survive so not successful.

That's my query about mullet.

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Re: Mid Brisbane River report
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2015, 11:06:40 PM »
Wow,

Those mullet would have been massive.

I know they are good to eat and also good for bait. I wonder why mullet cant be reintroduced into the dams. It's been done with snub nose gar, they have adapted and recruited since. Long nose gar was introduced but could not survive so not successful.

That's my query about mullet.

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Re: Mid Brisbane River report
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2015, 06:27:34 AM »
Thanks Sweetwater.

Typical of a Gov't Dept, (maybe someone in DAFF has a dislike for mullet).

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