After 4 years of learning, living and breathing American bass, Toowoomba's Carl Jocumsen has finally cracked qualification for the Bassmaster Elite Series in 2015. This is fantastic news for Carl and all of his thousands of followers, both in Australia and abroad.
Steve Morgan caught up with Carl via phone and recorded this interview. Listen if you want to re-live the drama of Carl's final day in his third Central division qualifying event...
For the past two years May has been pretty much a blow out, with strong winds and extensive rain. We are due for a good one, so here’s hoping. When the weather cooperates, fishing can be sensational, with a mix of summer and winter species on offer. As the temperatures drop the summer species will slow down and winter fish will become the norm.
Recently, poor weather has been matched with poor fishing, however when the sun has shone so has the fishing. Barramundi and mangrove jack have been the main estuary players, with coral trout and big-mouth nannygai (saddletail snapper) the pick of the reef action and mackerel showing up spasmodically.
While the water temperatures hold up, barramundi fishing will continue to produce, with the fish generally more cooperative down deep. Those in the know have been nailing trophy barra in Trinity Inlet and that should continue until the first cold snap. Cold snaps slow the barra down initially but they will come back on the bite after the initial shock, so keep them on your radar.
Mangrove jack are still on the chew in the heavy country but will become less aggressive as the water temperature drops. Shifting to dead bait that is first and foremost fresh and also has a strong scent will continue to entice these red devils. Strip baits of mullet, sardines, mud herring, local squid and cuttlefish will all do the trick at various times, along with the good old half a pilchard.