Take advantage of lunar phase and try fast-running spots
IF YOU are not heading out the front for a fish on Friday you might have missed your opportunity as the wind and the sea start building again as of this evening and will continue that way for the next few days into the middle of next week.
In saying that, the northerlies have gone for now and we'll be heading back into the usual 15-20 knot south-easters with a chance of a shower over the weekend.
The final quarter of the lunar phase is on the go over the weekend where the tidal run does slow right up with barely 2m between high and low tides.
This is a great opportunity to have a go at those spots that are normally running too quickly, such as around Tide Island and Hamilton Point or the southern end of Curtis Island.
There are a myriad of rocks, snags and ledges for fish to sit in just out of the current and normally you struggle to hold bottom with an anchor when the tide is really running, but this weekend could be a good opportunity to drop the pick, throw out a live bait and flick some hard and soft-bodied lures around for those big barra, king salmon, jack or finger mark.
Other spots like The Gut, or Rat Island, or up through the gap at Grahams Creek present as great alternatives.
You never know you might even pick up a nice jewie!
There are still good flathead around the mouths and sandy bars protecting the entrances to the rivers and mangrove systems like Colosseum or Tongue Spit down at 7 Mile, but just be ready for the odd pelagic cruising through too.
I was looking on Nomad Sportfishing Facebook page and I spotted a video on there where the Creek to Coast crew were treated to a day of pelagics.
Their guide was from South Africa (how's the cricket going?) but this chap has fished all over the world.
He said that Australians don't know how lucky they are with the Great Barrier Reef on their doorstep, as it is the best fishing in the world.
Now the likes of Nomad Charters fishes at remote reefs where you have to fly out to meet the mothership and then head out each day from there.
But right here in good old Gladstone we are sitting in the box seat with some of the biggest barra to be caught in Australia right here in the harbour along with choice muddies, and prawns plus a plethora of other species in the harbour and the mangrove systems.
Offshore some of the best pelagic fishing can be obtained within spitting distance of the harbour and not much further you are into the crystal clear waters of the Southern Great Barrier Reef and we have a choice of taking home coral trout, sweetlip (RTE Tim Churchill), monster red emperor, and even the odd billfish.
At times you have to pinch yourself when you get out there because it's that good and when you time things right you could throw a spoon at a fish and they'd want to eat it.
Being in Gladdy is also a fantastic stepping stone to the Swain Reefs about 193km offshore by chartering one of our awesome charter boats, which venture out on a Friday or Saturday evening and return the following weekend.
If you have a group of mates wanting to do that then check out Gladstone Charter Boats online.
If you want to learn more, then employ one of the guides in the region like Johnny Mitchell or one of the legends operating down at Seventeen Seventy.
Check them all out at www.gladstoneregion.org.au.