FISHING: 'Find some new spots and get a feed'
THE weather forecast for the weekend looks pretty good for most water activities, especially Sunday. The offshore fish can be a bit hit and miss over a full moon but who cares if you can go for a scarper, find some new spots and get a feed, then it must be better than worthwhile.
I was having a quiet laugh to myself the other day when I was reading one of the red emperor gurus opinions on when to get reds with tides etc.
These young fellers who have only been fishing for a very few years amaze me at how calculated everything is. They must have more time on their hands than most of us others given that it is rare for all those little elements to fall in line. One guy says neaps another says big tides; I say whenever you can go is the best time.
Take advantage of the windows that you get and don't base your efforts on those who can go anytime otherwise you will miss out. The one comment I will make is that you usually need some run. We go by the old adage of "no run no fun” and it generally applies to both inside and outside species. But then what would we know? my crew has only a combined hundred odd years fishing experience.
On the subject of run, mackerel are one species that chew their heads off when there is a lot of run. Places where water can make distinct current lines off points or pinnacles and reef passes are so much better over the big tides. This weekend might be a bit cloudy but it will still be a great weekend to get out and knock over a feed.
Creek reports from the last week have been brilliant as far as barras, fingermark, flathead, mangrove jack, bream, crabs and prawns go anyway. Corio and Coorooman both fired according to sources and The mighty Fitzroy turned up a few classic barramundi. It has really been an eye opener looking at the quality of barras coming from the river in the past 10 days.
In all the time that I have fished the river monitoring average catch rates and sizes I have never come close to seeing the amount of fish around and over a metre in such a short period. Have got to say it is simply fantastic and providing the majority of these big girls go back the future of fishing here and much of the Queensland coast will only get better.
Luckily for us is that this current crop of young blokes who can catch fish in a bath tub are predominately tag and release so not only do the fish get a second chance we get the opportunity to learn more about them when they are caught next time.
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