RAINY WEEKEND: You’ll need a raincoat if you’re heading out fishing over the next couple of days.
RAINY WEEKEND: You’ll need a raincoat if you’re heading out fishing over the next couple of days. Contributed

Going fishing? Your raincoat will be your best friend

THE tides and the moon are just right and the ocean temp is red-hot but don't get too excited, there's a wet southerly forecast for the weekend.

That means if you just have to go fishing, there are limits to your fun and your raincoat will likely be your best friend.

The more protected headlands, breakwalls and beaches could be worthwhile for tailor, mulloway and bream and you might get a glimpse of some clean ocean water coming into the Richmond on the high tide but it won't get too far upstream.

Bream and flathead should be available to about Pimlico and there should be better numbers of mulloway around the breakwalls and along the river walls at night.

But the rains this week will continue to turn the Richmond into not much more than a mudslide, courtesy of the farmers who can't keep their soil on their own land.

Queensland earlier this week made a great leap forward with water quality in the once great Pumicestone Passage, in northern Moreton Bay.

A community group obtained a $30,000 grant to research restoration of the once expansive oyster reefs in the passage.

Moreton Bay Regional Council and Unity Water donated the money to match the $50,000 privately raised by the Pumicestone Passage Restocking Association.

Huge subtidal reefs of rock oysters and mussels were once prolific in the passage, helping to filter huge volumes of water and providing food and shelter for fish and invertebrates.

Local fishing groups became increasingly concerned by the decline in water quality, rise in sediment and nutrient loads and dropping fish numbers.

Healthy oyster reefs mean healthy fisheries and research pioneered in Chesapeake Bay in the US and other parts of the eastern seaboard has shown it is possible to regain these lost ecosystems.

"For over 100 years all we've done is take and take from this waterway, now its time to put something back," Sunfish North Moreton's Jeff Achay said.

'Ballina' in Bundjalung language means 'plenty of oysters' but these days it's impossible for an oyster to survive for more than a year in the river's awful water.

Some of us will be following the Pumicestone project keenly.

Jack bounty

AS PART of an $80,000 project funded by NSW fishing licence money, a $200 tackle voucher reward has been posted for the first authenticated capture of a mangrove jack from Clarrie Hall Dam.

The dam was stocked a year ago with 3700 fingerlings around 50mm, which could have reached 15cm by now and be starting to compete with the bass stocked by the Australian Bass Association annually for the past 21 years.

The capture will need to be supported by a photograph, or video and length and/or weight of the fish.

A further 4000 fingerlings are scheduled to be released into the dam this month.

Jacks were first cultured and stocked in Copperlode Dam near Cairns in 1998. Tinaroo Dam on the Atherton Tableland followed in 2000 and Lake Awoonga, near Gladstone, in 2001.

Despite the numbers released, jacks form only minor fisheries in these dams and have proven difficult to catch.

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