GOOD CATCH: This keen fisher tries his luck hoping to snare a keeper.
GOOD CATCH: This keen fisher tries his luck hoping to snare a keeper. Meghan Kidd Emekayak

Plenty of fish red claw in the Bedford weir to catch

THERE is nothing better than casting a line, hooking a big one and reeling in a keeper.

And there are plenty of places to test the waters locally.

Mackenzie River Fish Stocking Association president Steven Schuh said the Bedford Weir was a prime location for hooking a barramundi, saratoga, murray cod, sleepy cod, yellow belly, black bream, perch or pulling in pots full of red claw.

"Barra and murray cod that come from the Fairbairn Dam are in the weir now, and I know about three of four people that have been using about a 30 pound line and it's getting snapped off," Steven said.

 

"There are plenty of fish in the weir. They can be hard to find, but they're definitely there.

 

Steven said barra liked warmer weather with temperatures about 29 degrees and tended to hang out in snags.

But saratoga was not a seasonal fish. He said they were territorial, so if you'd caught one in a spot before, there would probably be more in that area.

"Try a lure, or a pilchard - they like the oily fish," he said.

"Murray cod and yellow belly wander up and down the river and are found in hidey holes. Lures are good to snare them."

He said most people caught catfish out in the water, but only because they were casting to the bottom.

"Put a float on - you've got to have your line up," he said.

The MRFSA will release 10,000 barramundi fingerlings at 11am on Saturday at the Bedford Weir.

All are invited to attend the release and sausage sizzle after.


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