Time to revisit year’s top days out fishing
THIS is the last fishing page for this year so we have gone all out again.
Last week we looked back at a fragment of the decent catches from this region over the past 12 months and as you can see by the pictures there are a few special ones I wanted to re-share with you as not only are they decent fish, but they are also spectacular photos with the lighting right and the colours vivid.
Trent Hall's queenie, which was taken in the sunset light lights up this beautiful fish, and the same with Tyson Chugg and the enormous coral trout he caught around the middle of the year, on a charter to the Swains.
Then you have the likes of young Owen Richards, who, along with his lady, ventured out to Fitzroy Reef on his boat 'Fishn'chicks'.
Having fished in the morning and caught this excellent long tom, when the tide was right in the afternoon he paddled out and surfed the right hander breaking onto the reef.
How good is that?!
We also saw Katie Mitchell, bride of the world famous Johnny Mitchell, show her man how to catch a snodger spaniard!
Have to admit though she has had an excellent teacher.
This week the whole system has been on fire, and Mark Patton took full advantage bringing back this very nice nannygai weighing in around the 7kg mark.
Facebook also has a way of rubbing it in when you have to work and others can play and Baz Homeyard took full advantage on Monday by posting a picture of the wake as they leave from Seventeen Seventy bound for Fitzroy, even taking time to say he'll catch a trout for me. My thoughts were, yeah right…
On Tuesday he messaged saying he had some coral trout fillets for me.
Now for a chap who has been time-poor and not able to slip out for a fish for a while, the offer of trout fillets was unbelievable because I never hand out trout fillets.
I would give away mixed reef, and maybe a bit of sweetlip, but never trout.
Whether it's the giving time of the year or not, this was very special for Daggy Britches, and cooking up a couple of fillets in butter, and lemon, that evening was pretty cool, and especially nice because it was so fresh.
Plus they also had a trout-a-thon, actually bagging out on coral trout! Many thanks Baz, it was very nice!
I was chatting with Johnny Mitchell earlier in the week, asking about the success of his latest movies out, being Wild Adventures Port Alma and Fitzroy River, 550km by sea from Gladstone to Mackay, and Fishing the Southern Great Barrier Reef.
His website http://www.johnnymitchellsfishingcharters.com.au/books-dvds has been real active taking orders but the package deals he has not only for these but his whole set have been very popular.
Any or all of these would make an excellent gift for Christmas. You can also buy them from most tackle stores.
Okay looking at the forecast for the next few days.
Today and tomorrow, as far as breeze goes, aren't too bad, but keep in mind that northerly on the outgoing tide at south end and the incoming tide into the harbour as it'll chop up a bit rough.
Saturday around lunch time the wind will swing around the east as a front comes through the region then it'll strengthen through til Tuesday by the looks.
So if you are keen for a seafood feast on Christmas Day today and tomorrow are the pic of them all.
The crabs are hiding in the deeper holes away from the fresh, the flathead and bream are on the chew around the mouth of the Boyne, plenty of summer whiting up the Lillies and Collo plus Turkey Beach area.
Great reds out wide, plenty of trout and sweetlip and if you can't get out you might have to buy some.
I'm off across the ditch for a few days in the Catlins, in the deep south of 'UnZud', hopefully eating blue cod, some hapuka, and maybe some venison.
I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very safe, merry, and blessed Christmas, and don't forget what it's all about.