Keen angler Wayne Russell with a couple of yabbies which make ideal bait for yellow belly and cod.
Keen angler Wayne Russell with a couple of yabbies which make ideal bait for yellow belly and cod.

Too wet too dry, great for angling

IT is too wet for some, while others remain transfixed by the hope more rain is on the way, but for Warwick angler Wayne Russell it is simply optimum fishing conditions.

The transport operator took time out yesterday to catch some bait in the rapidly flowing Condamine River.

“It’s perfect for shrimp and yabbies, they just want to get out of the current so they are near the edge,” Mr Russell said.

“The river might be a bit fast for fishing, the yellow belly and cod are meant to be biting with the fresh in Leslie Dam.”

While the weather might suit anglers, Junabee dairy farmer Jean Hoffman is desperate for some sunshine.

The local landholder has received 250mm since the first storm three weeks ago, taking her family property from drought-affected to drenched.

“We’ve gone from having to buy in cattle feed in January, to it being too wet to access the forage sorghum we planted on our farm,” Mrs Hoffman said.

“It is frustrating, because it is a case of extremes.

“Right now, what we need more than ever is some sunshine.”

But rainfall totals were so erratic across the region that farmers like Southern Downs Regional Councillor Ross Bartley have warned the drought is far from over.

“A lot of landholders still need run-off water to fill dams,” Cr Bartley said. “For those producers who only received 50mm in the past fortnight it is a long way from drought-breaking rain.”

The Bureau of Meteorology forecast for the next two days is for more cloudy skies with a chance of isolated showers and afternoon thunderstorms. Meteorologist Rick Threlfall said skies should clear by Thursday and Friday ahead of a south-east change on the weekend.
 

The Gauge

Rainfall for March to date: 67.6mm

1999 our wettest March on record: 163mm

Our total for 2010 to date: 209mm

BOM flood warnings current for Lower Condamine, Moonie and Weir rivers.

(Source: BOM)



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