FAT FISH: Pat Laws holding up a very fat coral trout caught last Sunday morning out on the reef.
FAT FISH: Pat Laws holding up a very fat coral trout caught last Sunday morning out on the reef. Contributed

We are fortunate folk to have fishing spots on doorstep

LAST weekend was one of those to behold, and the 1975 Bob Hudson Newcastle song with good old "Normie" comes to mind, as a mate of mine Pat Laws calls up at 11.30am and asks if I want to go for a fish.

Obviously the next question was: When?

Noon was the answer, and like Normie who was outside the Parthanon Milkbar, in Hunter St, in the hot FJ, with the chrome-plated grease nipples, double reverse, overhead twin-cam foxtails, and there's a break in the traffic, you never let a chance go by!

Within the hour, Pat and I were zinging our way out towards North West Island.

The conditions were so good that his NZ built Fyglass Warrior 605 with the "Opti" on the back was scooting along at 34 knots!

We had had reports from the likes of Tim Churchill that they'd bagged out on sweetlip and almost on coral trout and were on their way home, so to be honest we couldn't wait to get amongst it.

The fishing was not that red hot, but the conditions were incredible.

What fish we did get were of excellent quality, as you can see by Pat's very fat trout.

Mark Patton was also out to the 12 mile, with 30 odd livies as bait.

His success was excellent to say the least, coming home with a number of trout, grassies, and nannygai.

Come Sunday morning, many were using the sensational conditions to do some exploring, like Tim Cheetham.

We are so blessed to have this incredible southern Great Barrier Reef on our door step. In reality it's our front yard.

You get days like last Saturday and Sunday, where there is a mid-morning high tide, allowing you to quietly motor into the beach on the islands you are allowed on.

It does pay to check with Queensland Parks which ones are open to visitors, because at certain times throughout the year they are closed to allow the birds to nest.

The picture this photo paints is so postcard-like. If you get the chance to visit one of these Islands, it's just about as good as fishing.

Looking at the local scene, there is still plenty happening with the whole countryside having a big wash down last week.

Most of the initial run off has since gone and salinity should be once again rising in the creeks and tidal rivers.

The bait and bigger fish will still be out in the harbour, so it might pay to use your sounder and scout around to find them.

The outlook for this weekend isn't as good as what we have seen, with 15-20 knot easterlies predicted.

The first quarter lunar phase is on too, and on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday afternoons, the tidal range from high to low is less than a metre, so it might be a great time to target those places which usually run too fast, like around between Hamilton point and Tide Island, or even out at North Entrance between Rat Island and South End, or even through the Oaks.

This weekend sees us manning the GAPDL Stand at the 2014 Brisbane Tinny and Tackle show at the RNA showgrounds.

Greg Realf, Matty Branthwaite, Glenn Churchill and I, will be down there letting people know of the excellent fishing and camping spots we have in our region.

Last year the questions surrounded Baffle Creek, Agnes, 1770, and Turkey Beach.

People have all heard various stories about our region. But there's nothing like actually experiencing it, is there!

Tim Cheetham exploring Masthead with the fishing going quiet on Sunday. Photo Contributed
Tim Cheetham exploring Masthead with the fishing going quiet on Sunday. Photo Contributed Contributed


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