Over 140 anglers fronted up at Yallakool Caravan Park on Bjelke-Peterson Dam for Round 3 of the Austackle – Bluefin Country Fishing Classic. The weather was hot, and so too was the fishing!
The steps to making delicious lobster thermidor has to start with thorough preparation and gentle cooking.
During the past 10 years’ guiding in Hervey Bay, I have had many people ask me what fishing is on offer in the Great Sandy Straits. Without a little bit of local knowledge, it can be very tough — finding the fish, navigating the numerous channels and sandbars, and working out the tide heights can be hard going.
It's been a good start to the New Year with better weather, great fishing and we still have a couple of months before it starts to get cold again!
February sees two important tasks for Mackay anglers and the most important is chasing barra now that the open season has started—the other task is the never ending one of mowing lawns as February and March are traditionally our wettest months.
The fishing is mostly red hot at the moment, although it has been up and down at times. The trevally is one species that has been getting around and anglers are catching quite a few. There’s also bream, the odd flathead, jacks and whiting. Dead bait, live bait and lures have all been working a treat in the canals.
It’s been a while since I’ve put in a full day on the freshwater.
We have been enjoying a good run with the weather lately, and as a consequence there’s been some great fish caught.
What good fishing weather we’ve had! Yes, we have had the occasional rainy overcast day and windy weekend but on a whole the days have been quite favourable for anglers both inshore and off.
So far this season, the pelagics have been fairly erratic east of the South Passage Bar, but there has been enough positive signs to think we could get a good run of both Spanish mackerel and wahoo in the coming months.
GOLD COAST OFFSHORE GROUNDS
We have had an awesome start to the wet season up here, and with the barramundi season opening it should be a great time to catch them. Please check road reports because we can be cut off for periods of time between Normanton and Karumba.
KEEN fishers planning a holiday next March should mark the Fraser Coast as a definite for their diaries. The 23rd Annual VMR Hervey Bay Family Fishing Competition organised by the Hervey Bay Boat Club Fishing and Social Club will be held from Thursday, 5 March to Sunday, 8 March at Dayman Park in Pulgul Street Urangan Hervey Bay.
The offshore scene has been fairly consistent, but the wind has kept the smaller boats back in the calmer waters.
The weather has been a bit stormy and unpredictable, but despite this the fishing both inshore and offshore has been good for the most part.
Well with the holiday period over and everyone back to work and school, the fish have finally had a chance to recover and in the next month we should start to see some great fishing to finish off the season.
On October 24 last year, the Federal Court granted Fraser Island native title to the Butchulla People. Quoting from a spokesman from the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing "…the determination allows the Butchulla People non-exclusive rights to be present in the area, to camp, hunt, gather, conduct ceremonies, and maintain places of importance and significance on their traditional lands in accordance with traditional lore and customs, subject to the laws of the Commonwealth, State and Local governments..."
As an angler, it doesn't get much better than waking up early with perfect weather conditions and hitting the blue for some line peeling action. Unfortunately as most of us have experienced, those ideal days seem to fall perfectly on the days we have to drag ourselves out of bed and into the daily grind.
It’s been the best light tackle marlin season we’ve had for a few years and, with a bit of luck, February could be when it’s at its peak!
It’s with a heavy heart that I pen out my last QFM area report for Bowen, as it’s time for me to search out some new water a little further north.
I caught my first Murray cod on fly tackle back in 1987 in a New England stream. Since then I have taken them in various waters around Canberra out to Bonshaw in New South Wales, as well as around Stanthorpe in good old Queensland.
Euro styling, long a big selling point in automobiles, now comes to boats. The well appointed and well finished Cyprian built Karnic Bluewater 2250 is a fine example of what European stying is all about in water craft.
The offshore fishing has gone from strength to strength as we move into the New Year. We are getting a whole range of species without having to do the large mileage we are used to doing.
February can be a really mixed month and the quality of fishing will depend on how much rain we have experienced in recent weeks. In years past, many of the creeks and rivers have been in flood during this time, making fishing extremely tough.
Offshore trolling is extremely popular these days due to the quality of fishing available and the excitement that every hook-up brings. You do not need a floating hotel to get out and troll up some awesome pelgics, a moderate craft of 4.5m or so will do in the right conditions.
Summer is really on fire across the Sunshine Coast with schools of munching mackerel and hard-fighting tuna smashing bait from Caloundra to Noosa.
It's been a typical start to a Queensland summer; hot, stormy and muggy. Bundaberg has had some pretty steamy days of late and this should continue through February, which means fishing is way more comfortable early in the morning or out for a late arvo session.
What a stinker! The summer that is… With these above average temperatures, lets hope it’s building for a reasonable wet season, but I’m not holding my breath too much.
February is a great time to go fishing now that the holiday period is over and there will be less boat traffic out on the water.
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