WE are right in the middle of the first of two Reef Fin Fish Closures which, from what I understand, concludes at midnight tomorrow night.
Just in the nick of time allowing many to slip out the front or to the reef on Sunday with the wind forecast to drop down around six or seven knots from the north around mid-morning.
Tomorrow's forecast looks awesome though, and for those chasing the inshore species like barra, threadfin salmon, flathead, bream and whiting life doesn't get better.
The north-easterly will be blowing in, but it really shouldn't bother too many, as our harbour has many places to go where you can be right out of the breeze no matter which direction the wind is coming from.
Speaking of threadfin salmon, I was looking at one of the many fishing pages on Gladstone which are on Facebook and one fella posted a photo of a salmon asking "what is it?".
Typical of our local comedians, the replies came back thick, and fast, from calling it a barra, to a dog tooth tuna, through to a power station guppy, and a snapper just to name a few.
I had to giggle, and a saying came to me "warm beer, cold pies, and smart arses".
Eventually those with a serious note informed the chap it was a threadfin.
Also driving to work on Monday morning, a chap was walking off the south trees bridge at Boyne Island, wrestling what looked like a real decent grunter, which just goes to show that this system is alive with fish of all kinds.
With the barra season closure looming on November 1 at midday, which is next Saturday, those chasing these big fish will be encouraged by the pair which Johnny Mitchell posted on face book a few days ago.
A husband and wife team, Paul and Chantell Martens, from Bundaberg, were trying to out-do each other, and each caught a massive fish over 1.24m long.
Our whole region is full of huge barra at present as they fatten up ready for the big spawning season they have in front of them.
The guests on board Gladstone's charter boat fleet have been returning from the Swain reefs with some awesome stories like Tyson Chugg, who, once a year ventures out with a regular group including Croc and CT.
Some fellas were obviously better fishermen than some others (just saying guys) with many species being boated, from huge amberjack, through to this absolute snodger trout which weighed in around the 15kg mark.
They are actually planning a 10-day excursion next year out past the reef, and CT sent yours truly an invite, but alas I'm trying to plan a trip across the Simpson around the same time, with one of the boxes to tick being catching a fish in Cooper Creek.
The charter boat fleet which operates out of Gladstone is popular right across Australia and there aren't too many gaps available for next year, but if you are planning a 50th or a 40th or any birthday or celebration then a week on a charter boat with your mates is certainly a great way of doing it.
Look up the yellow pages, or visit the GAPDL website, and they might be able to point you in the right direction as most, if not all, are members of the GAPDL.
Christmas is just about on us, and I bet many haven't even thought about what you are going to give to your man, or that avid angler in your household.
Can I suggest that you take full advantage of the discounts the Boyne Tannum HookUp are providing now, being an early entrant in next year's massive event.
Yes, you can enter now, and up until January 31, the discounts will be there saving $10 per adult entry, and $5 for the kids.
This is a great Christmas present, as next year's event being the 20th anniversary will be huge, with many boats, campers, eskies, and more given away. But you have to enter, and obviously be there, to win it.
First step is to enter.
It's back to Queen's birthday weekend again, which will allow all of you to start planning who is going to visit, where are you going to accommodate them, and the biggest question of all, what's the game plan?
No doubt Zane Reed, and his Havta Fish Team, will be thinking along those lines already.
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