Ripper weekend for fishing and crabbing fun on the cards
I'M NOT sure whether you know it or not but this weekend is set to be an absolute ripper with this breeze forecast to drop right off over the next 12 hours and remain that way until Sunday afternoon.
For any of you who follow the lunar patterns with your appreciation of how active the fish are around this period will know that from the last quarter through to the new moon is pretty damn good but I have to admit that those two or three days after the new moon and straight after the full moon are still my favourites.
Most of the time, though, our little adventures out the front, hover around the breeze and the sea state, making this weekend sensational.
Ernie Vaughan and his happy band of organisers, and competitors, (limited to 60, I think) will be doing their level best to have a fantastic weekend at the Crab Classic up the Lillies.
This will all come to a climax on Sunday afternoon up at the Tannum Sands pub where a crab auction will be conducted as people bid to buy their favourite crab for the crab racing title of 2014.
This fundraising event is all about fun and helping a family out, especially a little girl called Anika Gorler who has cerebral palsy and is only 18 months old.
It is hoped that many will pack into the Tannum Sands pub on Sunday at 2pm for the all-important auction as proceeds from this will play a big role in the fundraising.
Once the crabs are sold we race!
Yours truly will be there, as will Rob Kidd and many others, and if there's one thing about this community is that you all get behind those who are less fortunate than ourselves.
Back to this weekend, and what to expect fishing wise.
In the harbour things are really coming alive with good numbers of salmon, grunter, and the odd black jew.
Along the beaches and creek entrances the flathead have been inhaling those lures which resemble a prawn and even out around North Entrance the pelagics have taken a liking to them as well.
If you are indeed heading outside you really don't have to go too far to get a good feed.
The channel markers certainly can hold the bait like Yakkas, smooth-tailed trevally and more.
Use a bait jig to gather some fresh live bait and if you want to catch 20 or so fish to take home then you'll need 20 to 30 of those.
Mackerel, trout, nannygai, red emperor, they all love live bait because the rest of the time we are trying to mimic their tucker with lures etc and nothing beats the real thing.
The bigger the bait the bigger the fish and don't forget it.
The likes of Jenny Lind Bank, Sable Chief, Pearl Ledge, and Outer Rocks outside Pancake Creek will be lousy with mackerel, and some reef species so make sure your gear is up to scratch.
There will be plenty heading out either tonight or tomorrow morning for the weekend and to be honest it'll be hard to find conditions on the water better but the forecast is for the odd shower tonight and best to keep an eye on any of the cells as they can whip up a bit of breeze as they approach.
The Sanctuary Cove Boat Show is also on this weekend and I have to say that I'm a tad envious.
Gregory Von Klease messaged me yesterday as Leonie had him doing some shopping for a forth coming trip they have planned and such a coincidence that this trip was on the same weekend as the boat show.
All I can say is a "high five" for great planning Greg.
Finally if you are around Tannum or Boyne on Sunday pop down to the Tannum Sands pub around 2pm and help raise some money for a very good cause.