Region's fishing 'goes off' with 4m tide, steamy days
WE CERTAINLY know summer is with us again, with hot, steamy days and afternoon storms.
This week has been no exception, with strong winds for the start of the week and, since Wednesday, the winds are dropping during the day, as is the sea.
The warm northerlies ramp up today, though, and there will possibly be a storm tonight and tomorrow night so if you are heading out to the reef have a plan in case one heads right at you because it's a little silly trying to out run it.
Make sure you are logged onto VMR Gladstone or Roundhill so that they know where you are in case something doesn't go as planned.
At the time of writing, Sunday will see the wind swing around to the east and strengthen as the day progresses, ideal if you are already out there for a tail wind home Sunday.
The new moon is producing high tides over 4m just before lunch on both days so ensure the wind and tide aren't working against each other when you head out and return as North entrance will certainly be ordinary on the outgoing on Saturday in that northerly.
Come Sunday afternoon Boyne River will be a tad tricky when the wind swings southeasterly.
The region is absolutely going off with fishing, though, as many have landed some awesome red trout and lipper.
Those chasing pelagics will have their hearts racing this weekend as the conditions are going to be awesome to chase golden trevally, mackerel, queenies and tuna.
The likes of North Entrance or the southern end of Facing around Settlement point/Gatcombe Head and shipping lane marker areas really do attract these speedsters.
Local keen angler Zane Reed managed to land one about the 20kg mark, just over 110cm long, before releasing it.
There are also some dolphin fish or mahi mahi hanging around the reefs and, if you are trolling lures, these are an excellent species to catch as their table fish qualities are sweet as!
They are spectacular to catch, too, with their neon colour and the acrobatics they perform.
Inshore the fishing is excellent as well, with real good numbers of bream, flathead, grunter and whiting being caught.
The beach at Agnes Water is very underrated and can produce some good elbow slappers of whiting as Adam Salmon and Colleen Trevor have found.
But make sure you're not fishing near the swimmers as it wouldn't be a nice feeling to be hooked up.
There are plenty of holiday makers at Agnes Water and 1770, with school holidays on the go.
Many are slipping out to the Inner and Outer Wides and others venturing to Fitzroy lagoon and Boult Reef, which have been producing some amazing fish.
Colosseum and Turkey Beach areas have been mangrove jack and whiting heaven.
The crabs through this region have become heavier in the past few weeks and it's just in the nick of time.
The same applies through South Trees and in the harbour and, with these big tides, you can get those pots into places you previously couldn't reach.
The Calliope and Targinnie systems are fishing very well, with some solid grunter, mangrove jack and the odd fingermark being landed.
There are still those targeting the pregnant ladies, being barra, up the tops of these systems, including Boyne River.
Please leave them be and, if you do have one chew on your lure, handle it with extreme care with wet hands and cradling the whole body as we need these to do their thing in the next month or so.
Finally, the tackle shops have massive specials at the weekend so support local businesses and pay them a visit.
And have a cracker weekend.