VMR info session worthwhile to learn local knowledge
LAST week we really focused on weather patterns, at this time of the year with the high level of danger there can be, if you happen to get caught out by one without a plan of how to tackle it.
This Sunday, December 8, Jim Purcell from VMR Gladstone is conducting one of his regular local knowledge sessions at the club rooms at the northern end of the Marina at 2pm.
There is no cost, and the information gained at these sessions is invaluable for those new to the region and also new to boating, or even just to refresh yourself.
When things turn nasty out on the water you need to know your options.
Therefore, this session is highly recommended to turn up to.
We actually slipped away to Sydney last weekend taking full advantage of the cheap airfares and the direct flights out of Gladstone.
On Saturday we were treated to a day out on the harbour with some friends of ours who have a share in a 38ft Beneteau yacht.
Now, Sydney Harbour on a weekend is very chaotic with many clubs running sailing regattas from very large yachts, down to the small fast 18ft skiffs, as well as other classes.
So just imagine about 200-plus vessels on the water between the bridge and the heads, then mix in the big ferries going back and forth to Manly, plus all the other stops around the harbour.
Right in the middle of this is a charter boat, anchored, with its six or so paying guests fishing off the back, complete with all the gear.
As you can see by the picture they are right in the middle of the harbour, and one has to ask how much these guys were paying for a supposed day out on the water.
What they should have been doing was beyond the heads.
Sure, there was a little swell running and a 12-knot breeze, but this boat would've been able to cope with a 20-knot breeze.
Anyway, they too, should take full advantage of the direct flights from Sydney to Gladstone, and charter one of ours up here.
They'd have to enjoy it more.
This particular harbour is a sailing and boating mecca though, and looking down from the plane the dots of boats that speckling the whole harbour create a major spectacle.
Okay, enough of the New South Wales stuff and back to the local scene.
These big tides on the go at present are ideal for getting those pots way up the tops of all those little creeks and drains among the mangroves in an effort to get some muddies into the freezer for Christmas.
If you go quietly enough the water should also be alive with prawns skipping across the surface and those who are handy with a cast net will take full advantage of them.
Also with the big currents in the harbour places like
between Hamilton Point and Tide Island, and also right through that region, will be riddled with jack, fingermark and other predatory species.
Floating a live, dead or even a soft plastic down through the fast current and into the quieter water will definitely reward you.
The outlook for slipping out the front isn't looking all that flash at the time of writing with indications of the breeze dropping out this morning as a south easterly change will pass through the region, but then coming straight back up to 15+ knots again.
Places like Yellowpatch will be an ideal little hiding place in the south easterly and I reckon those close reefs and sandbars will be alive with fish as the new moon lunar phase will keep the whole region very active.
Inside the harbour and close by spots will also be very nice, and these include Turkey Beach, Colosseum, Wild Cattle, Boyne and Calliope Rivers, Grahams Creek and all those systems right through to Sea Hill.
Crabs and prawns galore!
Still plenty of Cobia about if you so get out in the open plus some decent mackerel as well.
Not long now till the fat fella pays us all a visit and there are plenty of ideas in the boating, camping, chandlery, and tackle shops right here in Gladstone.
Make sure you support them all.