Mark McDonald, Wayne Daly and Brad Busteed show off their massive haul after a trip out during the week.
Mark McDonald, Wayne Daly and Brad Busteed show off their massive haul after a trip out during the week.

Friday a busy day getting ready for weekend

THANK God it's Friday! I hear so many people say it. I'm not sure really why?

Friday is normally filled with last-minute checks of the weekend weather, getting bait and ice and of course fuel for the boat.

Oh, that's right, work slips in there somewhere. So Friday is a pretty hectic day I reckon.

I've just finished all my assignments to get my coxswain's ticket and it is amazing how much you need to know about so many different aspects of boating.

It's not as simple as putting your boat in and punching in your favourite destination into your GPS and away you go.

That's just the tip of your iceberg.

You have to consider fuel consumption and how far you can go on a tank of fuel in good conditions as well as in heavy weather.

What about if you have to tow someone home? These are all factors you need to take into consideration.

I like to have at least 30% of my fuel remaining as a minimum when I get home.

You need to be aware of any hazards you may encounter en route to your secret spot.

That can include shallow or narrow channels, shifting sand bars and marine animals.

Bill Thumpkin with his decent 75cm red at Douglas Shoal.
Bill Thumpkin with his decent 75cm red at Douglas Shoal.

Every year there seems to be more and more humpback whales around.

I remember last year seeing at least a dozen on the way to Sykes (Reef).

Not a good idea to run into one of these creatures at full noise.

Not only could you injure one of these majestic animals, but you will no doubt do serious damage to your vessel, not to mention significant injuries to all onboard.

You should know a safe haven just in case the weather turns against you.

And what is the weather forecast for the next couple of days?

These are just some of the factors we all take into account during our preparation for a great day's fishing.

If some of you don't, then I reckon you should start. Boating safety is no accident. 

Annika Popp with her first barramundi as she teamed up with ’Team Floppy Hat’ and Johnny Mitchell.
Annika Popp with her first barramundi as she teamed up with ’Team Floppy Hat’ and Johnny Mitchell.

A bit corny, but very relevant.

This week I've thrown in a photo of a few local characters that love their fishing.

They recently ventured up around Shoalwater Bay on board Wayne Daly's chopper and caught up with Johnny Mitchell.

Johnny was on his voyage up the coast to Mackay filming for his latest documentary DVD.

I can't wait for that to come out, as there is some amazing coastline in our region to the north.

All the boys had an awesome session with a number of 20kg and bigger fish being landed.

I was talking to Brad Busteed about their trip, and he said he was blown away with the fishing and the beauty of the coastline as seen from the air.

I was pretty jealous of these blokes, but it's great to see a few mates get out and share such an experience.

And for this weekend it looks like light SE to NE breezes on Saturday and much the same Sunday morning - freshening in the afternoon.

I hope you can get out wide and chase a few red fish.

Feel free to share your photos and stories with me.

Or if you have any little tips that might make that trip a little more successful, my email address is PatnPatti@icloud.com.



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