Good weekend for gear maintenance
AFTER some reasonable fishing weather of late, there is not a lot to hope for this weekend.
The predictions are 25-knot plus on Saturday and slowly dropping to around 10 knots Sunday afternoon.
Offshore is a definite no-go and even the creeks will be uncomfortable for most of the next couple of days. If you can find a spot out of the wind, that could be the only saviour for those desperate enough to need a fish.
On that note, there have been some good catches of crabs right around the area's estuaries and the bottom end of the Fitzroy. These neap tides aren't everybody's favourites, however it gives a better opportunity to the guys who crab the deeper spots.
Barra and king continue in good form, although current conditions aren't very favourable.
This weekend could be well spent making sure that your gear is all up to speed. It is time to check your bearings on the trailer, make sure your motor services are completed, check your fuel lines and filters, check your flares and Epirb are in date and do a general check of all your boating gear. A little preventative maintenance now might save you issues down the track.
This week I have had a few emails from people complaining - and rightly so - about two separate incidents last week.
The first one was blatant and the two guys involved knew they were doing the wrong thing. Two fools in a white tinnie with a blue bimini were fishing within 50m of the barrage. As we all know, there is a 400m limit.
When they were approached and calmly told they were in a no-go area, they became abusive. The photos have been seen by authorities and the fools should cop some communication in coming weeks.
The next incident involves a number of people who fish at a certain beach's access ramp. It has been noticed that this lot are catching a variety of fish, including bream, whiting and dart. The trouble is the majority of fish they take are well undersize.
These people do understand the rules as whenever someone passes nearby, they hide and make deliberate attempts to cover up their catch. Once again, this has been reported and some action is expected.
Thanks again to Bluefin Sports, Rosslyn Bay Kiosk, The Causeway Lake Kiosk, Stanage Bay Marine, The Secret Spot, Kalka Bait and Tackle who are the local weigh points where you can get your photo taken or just drop yours in.
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