Bad weather won’t stop the fishing over Easter
TOP SPOTS: At laast Easter is here and the weather predictions for the long weekend, at the time of writing this, aren't all that flash.
However, Friday looks as though it'll be on the lighter side of 10-15 knot ESE breezes, but increasing after lunch to a 15-20 and on Saturday maybe a bit more than that.
Rain is also forecast, but whether that eventuates or not is another story.
Come Sunday afternoon and Monday, at present it looks as though it'll be a cracker with the breeze dropping right out around midnight as it swings from a southerly into a northerly.
Easter, though, is a time where it really doesn't matter what the weather is doing when it comes to fishing in this region as we have so many places to hide.
Over the past few years we have made the occasional pilgrimage to Colosseum Inlet to visit Les and Shyrelle Anderson and the kids as the family have a beach house at the southern end of Wild Cattle Island.
This place is something to behold as there is a close-knit little community down there and at that time of the year there are still summer whiting (yellowfin) around, plenty of chocolate-coloured muddies up in the mangroves, and creek systems, plus the blue salmon are on the move.
Sitting on the beach with a nice refreshing drink with a line in the water watching the sun go down and the smell of the campfire just makes you wonder what the poor people are up to.
We are so rich with so many of these spots along the coast from 7 mile, Pancake, Turkey Beach area, Sand-fly Creek, and Wild Cattle Creek.
At this time of the year you do need the Rid though as the sandies are savage.
There are a lot of successful little trips about at the moment with great catches of barra, king salmon, cod, and grunter, and there are also plenty of prawns about.
I see that the reminders for people have been posted, advising that you are only allowed a 10 litre bucket of unpeeled prawns, and must have the heads etc all intact as well.
There are also reminders of the size of the cast nets etc, but if you think you'd like to get into a feed of banana prawns, it might pay to check what you are allowed, and also the net regulations.
For those thinking of staying away from the salt, don't forget about the likes of our local impoundments like Lake Awoonga and also the opportunities which are available up there in the form of Lake Awoonga Boating and Leisure Hire as they have barbecue boats and kayaks plus SUP boards which you could easily fish from.
The SUP might be a challenge, but my eldest, Matty, has been up for the challenge landing a few barra in the upper end of the Boyne.
Last week many managed to slip out to the reef while weather was awesome and Matty and his mate Thomas took advantage slipping out to Masthead.
Dropping soft plastics in 120' of water in my mind is really testing the skills but pulling a 600mm red, a 560mm grassy, and a 500mm nannygai out of the same spot, then dropping two good fish only to have the bite completely stop.
Now some who regularly target red emperor, reckon that if you let one go, or lose a decent fish, they race to the bottom, tell their mates what's going on, and they all disappear.
Could this be the case in this instance?
Nevertheless, as you can see by the photos the day was sensational and one which you don't forget.
Good quality fishing on board, out with your close mates, the water is warm and crystal clear and not a breath of wind. Pity it was last week.
Finally the 20th Boyne Tannum HookUp isn't far off: have you entered? http://www.boyneatnnumhookup.com.au.