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Image Courtesy Jason Wilhelm - We have had some amazing session on Lake Awonga prior to it spiling in December 2010 / January 2011 - with it continuing to spill up to 2015. Since it’s last minor spill in March 2016, the GAWB have stocked 1.2 million Barramundi Fingerlings. Last Spring was some of the best Barra fishing the Lake has produced in a long time so we knew we had to pay Awonga a visit this summer. 

We have been following our mates Facebook page - Justin Nye @ https://www.facebook.com/gladstoneflyandsportfishing/ who has been guiding on the lake and around the Gladstone Region since starting his guiding business in October 2016. I will always try and book the main local guide in any area we have not fished in a while or been to before for at least a day or two at the start of our trips. The cost of hiring a guide will be paid back tenfold when you consider the investment we make in getting to an area, time off work, travel, accommodation, meals and tackle. Justin will happily show you around the lake and point out key areas and techniques that have been fishing well around the time of your visit so you can fish these again from your own rig for the remainder of your stay Or take all the hard work out and simply book a trip with him and his crew who will take care of everything from picking you up at the airport to putting you onto the fish.  

We spent the morning session fishing the timber and marked plenty of fish - but getting them to bite was a challenge. Managed this little one on a Jackall Transam vertically vibing.

Kicked off our evening session with this lovely fish at 91cm - check out the condition of these things! 

Second fish for the night with Justin went 86cm - again in peak condition. I also lost another one that took off like a freight train and pulled the hooks in a weed bed!

We spent the next three nights exploring a few different areas ourselves -  we did work for our fish averaging 2 a night. This one ate a Zerek 5.5 Live Mullet with nose stinger as suggested to us by Nick Whyte ;-)

These things will be averaging 1 metre this time next year ;-)

Katrina finished the trip off with this lovely 90cm model on a Barambah Bony - Shad which will become a stable lure on our future trips anywhere boney bream form the staple diet of the fish in the area ;-)

The two stand out lures for our trip - Top is the https://barambahlures.com/ Bony Shad & Bottom is the Zerek 5.5 Live Mullet with stinger treble on the nose as suggested by mate Nick Whyte yes

You can watch the video of this trip above - we are already planning our next trip back wink

So many fish - So little time - Scotto

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Articles List:

05/09/2020 A tale of two boats - A review of our Signature 485SF and 543SF
16/08/2020 EPIC Beach Based Giant Trevally - K'gari Fraser Island
15/08/2020 A week on K'gari - Fraser Island
06/06/2020 Back to some Home Grown Stuff
06/06/2020 Colombia - Trip of a Life Time !
15/04/2020 The Intermediate Line - PodCast - Scotto on Colombia
22/01/2020 Some fly fishing to kickoff the New Year
30/12/2019 Well that's a wrap 2019 - Happy New Year Every One !
24/12/2019 Great to be back on Lake Awonga
24/12/2019 Nath's quest for a marlin on fly
24/12/2019 Our 1st Marlin for the Season
02/12/2019 We have the Cod bug bad !
02/12/2019 Monduran - 3rd time lucky
11/11/2019 Fishing with Scotto Podcast - Hervey Bay Marlin
06/10/2019 Lake Monduran round 2
06/10/2019 It's Great to see our Barra Dams are back on-line
01/09/2019 Somerset & Wivenhoe - Quest for a 50+cm Bass
12/08/2019 Fishing with Scotto Podcast - Australian Fishing Tackle Association Trade Show 2019 - Bass Fishing
12/08/2019 Back to the gutters
11/08/2019 Copeton Dam Round 3 - The quest for a metrey
11/05/2019 Finally some good weather !
11/05/2019 Family Fishing Day
03/03/2019 Flats Longtails
03/03/2019 Fishing with the Twiddle Crew
03/03/2019 Home coming & St Georges Basin Crocodiles
02/03/2019 Copeton Dam - Round two
02/03/2019 Murray Cod on Fly Mission
02/03/2019 South East Qld Bass'n
24/02/2019 Spring Time Bass'n
23/02/2019 Lady Elliot Island
23/09/2018 Copeton Dam - The grind is real !
23/09/2018 I love Snapper season !
05/08/2018 More Glamour Weather
04/08/2018 Lord Howe Island - The Last Paradise
04/08/2018 Reefies & Yellowfin madness !
10/06/2018 Celebrating 50 at Cania Gorge
09/06/2018 Take a Kid Fishing Day
03/02/2018 Spotted Mackerel Mayhem !
28/01/2018 I've got the fly fishing bug again !
27/01/2018 Fly fishing for Golden Dorado - Salta Argentina
06/08/2017 Rainbow Beach & Double Island
06/08/2017 New Hervey Bay locals
05/08/2017 Back to the Gutters with Katrina
05/08/2017 Its been too long - Finally some fishing !
07/01/2017 2016 Re-Cap & Welcome 2017 !
31/12/2016 Happy New Year !
03/09/2016 Some days are diamonds
13/08/2016 Australian Fishing Tackle Trade Show - AFTA July 2016
02/07/2016 Best snapper session to date !
22/05/2016 Gold Coast Marine Expo May 2016
15/05/2016 Some Squiding & Fishing
02/04/2016 A New Tuna season is appon us !
06/03/2016 Finally some fishing for 2016 !
30/12/2015 Happy New Year - 2015 in review !
28/12/2015 Fishing with April Vokey , ET & Tumby Tom !
07/11/2015 Some truly EPIC captures !
31/10/2015 End of another Barra season !
12/07/2015 Winter has arrived along with the bream,flatty's and snapper !
24/05/2015 Squiding with Scotto
12/04/2015 Tuna & Shark KAOS
12/04/2015 Good Vibrations - Mary River threadfin salmon & barra
15/03/2015 How to get started and catch more fish on Squidgy Soft Plastics
26/01/2015 More Bait Ball madness !!!
28/12/2014 Break Sea & Beyond !
14/12/2014 Fishing with Tak - They should call this place variety !
14/12/2014 Hervey Bays Blinder Billfish run - Oct-Nov 2014 !
17/11/2014 Berkeley River Lodge - Kimberleys Western Australia
26/10/2014 Will we see another great marlin run in Hervey Bay this season .....?
07/09/2014 Flatty Whacking
02/08/2014 1st Snapper session for 2014
13/07/2014 Big day at the Gutters !
22/06/2014 Over the top of Fraser !
09/05/2014 Land Based Game Fishing - a bit of history
07/05/2014 Cania Camping Easter 2014
13/04/2014 The 1st 100 hrs in our Signature 543sf
13/04/2014 Chloe Taylor & Tom Laurence return to the bay ....
13/04/2014 Tuna'd Out !
17/03/2014 Fishing with Treen
10/03/2014 Fishing with Dale & Jake
10/03/2014 Hot Auctions & Hot Fishing with Michael Choi
24/02/2014 Signature 543sf Maiden Voyages
16/02/2014 Bait ball Bedlam !
02/01/2014 She Fishes - Chloe Taylor & Tom Laurence visit Hervey Bay
30/12/2013 Happy New Year !
24/12/2013 Merry Christmas !
24/11/2013 Cobia Conundrum
09/11/2013 Flyfishing Hinchinbook
27/10/2013 Tuna season has started !
08/10/2013 Hervey Bay - Land Based Options
25/08/2013 Top Water Tuna !
28/07/2013 Braking in Treno's New Boat !
28/07/2013 The Lucanus System
26/07/2013 Finally some great weather & Some snapper !
12/07/2013 New long Range Sport Fishing charters - Freedom III
05/05/2013 A Change Of Plan - Prospecting ...
05/05/2013 Finally a bit more fishing .....
05/05/2013 Tuna Grand Slam !
27/02/2013 A new Barra Season is upon us !
28/01/2013 Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald visits Hervey Bay !
25/01/2013 What Are You Fishing For ....?
17/01/2013 Fraser Coast Fishing Alliance Inc NEEDS YOU !!!!!
03/01/2013 1st fish for 2013 !
24/12/2012 Merry Christmas & Happy New Year !
24/12/2012 Blinder Billfish Run In Hervey Bay
04/11/2012 Hervey Bays Flats of Gold !
21/10/2012 Queensland barra season coming to a close !
21/10/2012 Flathead Time !
17/10/2012 Katrina's 1st Black Marlin
08/10/2012 Some Spring Bass'n
14/09/2012 Shimano's Shack - Flats of Fortune !
31/08/2012 Sping has Sprung !
16/08/2012 Intimate whale encounter !
14/08/2012 Hiding Away in the maldives - Shimano Shack Article
06/08/2012 Fishing with Aidan
01/07/2012 Toughest fish I have caught in a long time !
24/06/2012 Snapper Time !
24/06/2012 Island Hideaway - Dhonakulhi in the Maldives
17/06/2012 Shimano's Shack - Snapper Time !
09/06/2012 Shimano's Shack - Go Where No Squidgy Has Gone before !
18/04/2012 Shimano's Shack - Bait Ball Bedlam !
17/04/2012 Welcome to Hervey Bay - Michael & Marilyn
02/04/2012 Fishing with Jess and Dale
27/03/2012 Shimano's Shack - Lenthalls Back On -Line in 2012
26/02/2012 Fishing & filming with Creek To Coast
04/02/2012 PB Queeny !
04/02/2012 1st Article for Shimano's NEW Fishing Shack - Samson's & Pearls
15/01/2012 Lenthalls Bass & barra Fish Stocking for 2012
22/12/2011 Merry Christmas & The Year that was 2011
06/12/2011 Shimano's NEW Fishing Shack - NOW OPEN
03/11/2011 Bones of Contention & Recreational Fishing havens
18/10/2011 Creeks To The Coast ..
04/09/2011 Brisbane Boat Show Wrap Up
09/08/2011 Some more great Flattie fishing with Treen
01/08/2011 Some bread & butter fishing ......
19/07/2011 How Good Is Hervey Bay !
07/07/2011 Jacks PB Snapper session
06/06/2011 Great Start to 2011 Snapper Season
15/05/2011 Haines Signature 485SF - 12 months & 250+ hours later .....
05/05/2011 April Fishing around the Bay
15/03/2011 Boyne Barra Odyssey
02/03/2011 Summer 2011 - what a start to the year !!!!
21/11/2010 Lake Lenthalls Bass Release
25/10/2010 Awonga Round Two ..............
04/10/2010 Fishing Visitors
23/09/2010 Awonga Sept 2010
15/09/2010 A Special Whale Encounter
08/09/2010 Whale watching 2010
06/09/2010 Bread & Butter Fishin
01/08/2010 Lenthalls Barra Salvage
06/07/2010 2010 Snapper Season !
18/06/2010 They Should Call This Place Variety !
23/05/2010 Fishing with Jess & Steve
11/05/2010 Fraser Island Day Trip
30/04/2010 The Cure - 1st Trips in our new Haines 485SF
07/02/2010 Bit Of Fishing Before Christmas !
21/12/2009 Lenthall Dam - Bass & barra Releases 2009
06/12/2009 Silver Shoals Lodge - Camp Island
14/10/2009 Going Light with Treno !
02/09/2009 Freshwater Grand Slam
17/08/2009 Fishntales Bream Comp 2009
16/07/2009 Fishing With Treen !
21/04/2009 Southern Gutter
14/03/2009 Servere Tropical Cyclone Hamish
10/03/2009 Hervey Bay Bass'in
10/03/2009 This Is Livin - Fraser Island Jan 09
25/01/2009 Pete's Eco Tours
25/01/2009 Golden Flats Fishing !
25/01/2009 Katrina's BIG Flattie
19/10/2008 Kayak Road Trip
12/08/2008 Roonies Camp Out
16/04/2008 Awonga Dreaming
13/09/2007 Wreck Reef with NOMAD SPORTFISHING
13/09/2007 Christmas Island 2007
22/08/2007 G0 - G0 Gadget - Report
21/02/2007 Setting Goals - Pursuit of a beach mulloway
21/02/2007 How Good is Hervey Bay !!!
12/12/2006 Kenn Reef - It's out there
29/08/2006 Road Trip to Weipa
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