With winds and rain in the mix wet a line in the river

HAPPY FISHER: Teresa Hartley’s grunter from the Boyne River which she released on Tuesday.
HAPPY FISHER: Teresa Hartley’s grunter from the Boyne River which she released on Tuesday. Contributed

HERE comes the wind once again along with a bit of rain just to add something different to the mix!

Living in this region for the past 30 odd years and absolutely loving the climate, the lifestyle and income you do tend to get used to January and February being a tad scratchy when it comes to stable weather patterns.

For weeks on end we will get those hot northerlies blowing in and as soon as the monsoonal trough drops down the continent, it's out with the northerlies and back in with the south-easterlies sucking in all that moist air off the Coral Sea as if it were feeding it!

Lucky for us, we really don't have to rely on fishing out in the open, like our northern suburbs of Rockvegas, and the Cap Coast do, as we have a harbour and a beaut harbour it is too.

The next few days it'll be not very nice but for those looking to wet a line, maybe slip up the Boyne or Calliope rivers because even the harbour looks as though it's going to be rather nasty.

Last week Teresa Hartley was down at Bray Park with her man and new born showing off her fishing prowess, which I have no doubt gained from her champion fisherman dad John.

This grunter though would've ended up in the pan if I'd have caught it, but instead it was returned. Onya Teresa!

Dropping the boat in up at Ramsey's Crossing might be okay though because with the new moon on the go, the tides are huge and the crabs should be on the move.

If you have seen the Johnny Mitchell video called The Mud Crab, you'll pick up some really good tips on the position your pot should be in with the entry holes facing up and down the channel (not across it).

If you haven't seen it then do yourself a favour and buy yourself a copy, because I had no idea that a female muddie could store sperm for up to three years, totally putting the boys out of action.

I bet one or two of you might be envious at present, but just remember they're only crabs. Never the less it's all in that movie!

I see that activity is starting to happen with the guys and gals from the HookUp, as we get closer to the launch date of March 22 at Bray Park, Boyne Island.

Talking about mudcrabs, Gladstone's own Doctor Leonie Anderson, who would have to be the benchmark across the world in knowledge on muddies, is a tad lame after trying to compete with her husband Col "Sven" Anderson.

Skiing down a black run in a blizzard at Niseko, Japan, recently, she came a cropper, and landing on her shoulder, resulting in the holiday being cut short, and now Sven has to do everything.

Those looking to use Wild Cattle ramp to slip down to Colosseum, should have plenty of water, but if you wanted to venture further then perhaps put the boat in at Mundoolin Rocks and slip over to 7 mile.

It could be a little open there but it's excellent for whiting, flathead, barra and mangrove jack.

Turkey Beach is also a ton of fun for a weekend away.

There are plenty of shacks down there to rent out for the weekend, or if you love it that much give me a call as I could sell you one.

I see that activity is starting to happen with the guys and gals from the HookUp, as we get closer to the launch date of March 22 at Bray Park, Boyne Island.

This year they have a car, boat trailer package up for grabs as the main prize, being a Toyota RAV 4 from Bill Robertson Toyota, with rego, plus a 4.85m Seajay Capri, complete with Suzuki 4 stroke outboard and all on a registered trailer.

They have heaps of other stuff to like; another four 4.25 Seajay Magnums, four 3.15m Seajay Anglers, all on trailers complete with Suzuki outboards courtesy of Darren Brown at Curtis Coast.

Plus they have a Jimboomba Camper with a car topper on top to carry that tinny!

There are plenty of other camping and fishing goodies, plus kayaks to be given away as well.

The guests they will have to assist with the running will be Phippsy, TV chef extraordinaire, and Sunny Coast charter operator guide, plus Dave Hodge - the barefoot fisherman.

Both of these guys know their stuff and there isn't a better lure caster in the game than Hodgy.

Jimmy Maher, along with Shane Webcke and Petro Civoniceva will be there too.

You know for years a friend always thought Petro's surname was "second receiver"… you know who you are Cathy.

This particular weekend being May 2, 3 and 4 should be awesome.

It is the second year the HookUp has been moved away from the unpredictable weather of the Queen's Birthday long weekend.



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