NAILED IT: Katrina Neill with her brightly painted nails showing off her spanish mackerel.
NAILED IT: Katrina Neill with her brightly painted nails showing off her spanish mackerel.

Winter has gone, now is a great time to go fish

NOW the tropical so called 'winter' has certainly shuffled off somewhere else because the northerlies have come in and the blankets are now off the beds, beanies put away in storage for another year and this region has settled back into some very nice warm spring days.

This week right across the region the fishing and the conditions have been sensational with the sea breeze coming in around lunch time as the land heats up dragging in that cool air off the water, which, by the way, is well over the 20 degree mark.

Tomorrow we will see this wet weather come in, but seas should be relatively flat and winds around that 10 knot mark.

Just be aware of the air pressure in front of any storms which might pop up.

This wind pressure can turn things from a beaut, calm day into conditions which are frightening and gusting well over 50 knots.

Have a plan on how you are going to tackle these conditions and if you don't know then don't hesitate to call up VMR Gladstone and see when their next local knowledge session is on because it's free.

This week the mangrove jack have been very active with good numbers being caught in the Calliope around some of the snags, the Boyne especially above the Benaraby bridge and right through the Wildcattle, Colosseum, Mundoolin, 7 Mile and Turkey Beach area.

This massive system is just a haven for this species and pound for pound I doubt that you will find a better fighting fish than these.

They will attack surface lures like walk the dog, surface poppers, and tango dancers, plus they'll eat Reidy's like they are lollies, along with a well presented soft plastic vibe or paddle tail.

They are very partial to a live bait as well as to odd fresh dead bait like a prawn.

Dennis Sullivan, who is the local guru with the Gladstone Sports Fishing Club, nabbed a couple this week along with a few others.

Another species which is becoming more active is the king salmon and along with their cousins, the blue salmon, are quite prolific throughout the harbour and the Narrows and into Port Alma and the Fitzroy.

I see that Trent Hall was out in the harbour earlier this week and while holding up a nice nannygai in the background was none other than Barney Point!

I'm sure that these fish have been residing here for a while.

Doesn't it make you wonder how many fish do we travel over to catch another?

And just to show off, he and Katrina Neill slipped out on Wednesday morning chasing some mackerel and Katrina appears to have shown him up with this solid spanish.

By the way Katrina, I think the nails add to the picture, as I don't think we have seen that yet.

Excellent work!

This weekend, with the full moon shining bright, it means huge tide and the bottom of - or rather the actual times it occurs - will certainly affect many who venture out.

They are really low lows early in the morning just prior to daybreak and also again 12 hours later, which could be so low they might reveal the toes of the

region's boat ramps, and most certainly some of the normal accesses to creeks and rivers will be dry.

So plan your trip when to leave, and when you plan to return, so that you aren't either sitting high and dry or sitting out in the open waiting for the tide to raise.

It's all part of good seamanship.

Don't forget rain this weekend, but fish don't seem to mind getting wet.

Get out there.



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