A couple of smaller fish but lots of fun.
A couple of smaller fish but lots of fun. Rob Black

Fish scarce despite great weather

THE fish haven’t exactly been jumping into the boat, but the weather has been great and with a bit of effort, plenty of fun is being had in the waters off the Gladstone region.

Fishing Offshore 1770 charter operator Mick Black has been getting out wide and managing to get a feed, though the big reds and trout have been a bit elusive.

“The fishing has been a bit hard,” Mick said.

“We have been catching the odd trout and cod, but the reefies have still been reasonable.

“We have been going out to the islands to get a feed.”

After a patch of rough stuff, the weather has been kind to the boaties and fisherpersons however, and just being out on the water a pleasure as the springtime warmth kicks in – and that will soon have the fish back on the bite.

It’s a new moon on Wednesday and once the south-easters back off again the sought-after reef species should be starting to appear, according to Mick.

“The weather has been just too nice and with the change of season, the water temperature is back on the rise, so we should be seeing more trout about soon,” he said.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting the heavy rains and storms that have smashed South Australia and Victoria will bring us a bit of rain and wild weather but it should all turn around later in the week.

A bit of fresh and rising temperatures can only mean things will start happening on the fishing front soon.

When things are quiet inshore the Fishing Offshore 1770 charters are still able to get a mixed bag of reef fish with plenty of hussar and a few good cod the go.

Mick holds a Master Class 5 ticket and has plenty of offshore experience both here and in the West so he can get charters out to the outer reefs and islands for a shot at a good feed.

Fishing Offshore 1770 operates all year round with Mick’s 26-foot custom-built foam-cored boat, a comfortable and speedy way to get to the outer bombies and islands.

And after more than a decade’s commercial offshore experience out of 10 boats Mick has the know-how and confidence to get charters onto the hotspots.

Seventeen Seventy is a popular take-off point for boats bound for the southern parts of The Great Barrier Reef and is always a hive of activity around HookUp time.

And despite the crook weather this year there were still plenty of good fish brought in via The Discovery Coast.

The boatramp rebuild at the 1770 Marina has caused a few delays for boats getting out, but it should be finished by the month-end, with three lanes operating plus a car and trailer park update – it’s looking good for the start of summer.

We have been going out to the islands to get a feed.



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