Boys find bulk trout on the bite out wide
NOVEMBER is a nice time of the year, with balmy northerlies blowing in.
There are warm sunny days, and you can nearly hear the reef calling, "come and try your luck".
It was nothing about luck this past week, as it's been a trout-a-thon out wide.
My friends Paul Jacklin, and Scooter Shepherd, and co, slipped out to Fitzroy last Friday for three days of catching up, plus fishing of course.
The bite, they tell me, was a little bit hot and cold, with Saturday fishing for 10 hours and only a few fish, while on the Sunday morning on the dropping tide they filled the boat in four hours, mostly with trout, and sweetlip, but only one red was caught between the three boats.
Conditions we pretty good out wide with a 10-12 knot breeze most of the time, and flat seas.
Jacko looks unimpressed with his "wee" fish, but I'm sure he was as happy as Larry just being out there.
Being the first quarter of the lunar phase, the tides were nice and small, plus coupled with the northerly, the water wasn't stirred up, and they were telling me they had 20-25m visibility - just sensational to be out there when it's like that.
Last Saturday, GEA award recipient Adam Balkin managed to find some time in his busy schedule to slip out, and obviously trout were on the chew where he went as well.
As you can see, he obviously thought his trout was the best, but Cappo does his own photo bombing in the background.
He also caught a 20kg cobia.
John Pike, from Tura Charters here in Gladstone, who skippers the charter boat Eastern Voyager, had an excellent trip this week, playing host to the guys from Hook, Line, and Sinker fishing show, on a trip out to the Swains.
Nice to see that the fish turned up for the cameras, especially when this 14.6kg red was one of two 10kg-plus reds he caught.
Look out for this upcoming episode.
Gladstone is blessed with a very well established charter boat fleet, and people come from all over the country, and the world, to spend a week out on the water.
It's very good value for money, and obviously some great memories.
This weekend is all about the full moon though, with big tides, but the forecast is looking pretty good with 10-15 knot easterlies predicted.
Yesterday and today certainly has set the tune for the weekend though and I have no doubt many will be heading out this afternoon.
The breeze will pop up a little on Saturday, and hold that way through until Monday and backing right off Tuesday.
In shore this full moon should really stir things up, especially the Mangrove Jack around Mundoolin and Colosseum.
The one place you can fish all year round for barra is Awoonga Dam and there have been some pretty good catches up there lately along with red claw and other species as the water temp creeps up.
Stephen Brodie is also organising a social fishing weekend out at the Boynedale bush camp on November 15 if you are interested in having a bash on the other side of the dam up the Boyne Valley.
The details are on the Gladstone Fishing Network Facebook page.
It's a free camp and you need to bring almost everything, but if you get the opportunity to support the local shops please do.
They are a very friendly bunch and would appreciate the patronage.
The second and final reef fin fish closure is rapidly approaching with closure date from the November 19 through to November 23.
If you are planning to have a fish around those dates it might be best to get the crab pots out and stay inshore or maybe even visit the dam.
Don't forget the entries for the 2015 and 20th anniversary Boyne Tannum HookUp are open with decent discounts as an incentive and I have no doubt there will be an early-bird prize for those who enter while these discounts apply, up until January 31, 2015.
Head to their website for more details.
Next year, Queens Birthday weekend will be a massive event with many surprises planned. Have a great weekend and send me your pictures: firstname.lastname@example.org