Tim Churchill with his 12kg Red Emperor from last weekend.
Tim Churchill with his 12kg Red Emperor from last weekend. Contributed

Southeasterlies are back with us again

CRIKEY it's been hot this week!

Thank goodness the southeasterlies are back with us again, but the only problem there is that they have come in a bit strong, almost cutting out fishing out front for many over the next couple of days and beyond.

At the time of writing this article, it looked as though Sunday was going to be the only day where the wind wasn't blowing above 15 knots but it just gets worse thereafter with seas up over the 2m and 20-25knot southeasterlies predicted for Monday and Tuesday.

I was really hoping that the days leading into the new moon would be kind to us, but maybe things will improve.

This past week or so has been pretty good with the likes of The Shed Company owner Tim Churchill slipping out to the wild blue yonder and nabbing this fine red emperor which tipped the scales at just over 12kg!

Looking at the background it certainly looked as though it was a nice day to be on the water.

Not to be outdone, his Dad and GAPDL chief executive Glenn Churchill was recently on holiday across the ditch and managed to wet a line in Lake Wakatipu, which as many know has the tourism mecca of Queenstown on its shores.

He landed this little fella in Frankton Arm just around the corner from Queenstown.

Fushing for trout in UnZud isn't as easy as what many think, and when I was very young I'd come home with only one fush, or none at all but on this occasion they landed this specimen. The lakes in the south have a couple of species - rainbow and brown trout - but they also have some Quinnat salmon.

The likes of the Rakaia and Rangitata rivers are well known for their Chinook or Quinnat salmon which can grow up to 40lbs (18.14kg).

This past week, some boat registration figures for the greater Gladstone region were released from the "Recreational Vessel Census 2012" as of June 30, 2012.

Some 241,216 recreational vessels are registered in Queensland and in the Gladstone region there are 45,024. Now I'm not sure how big the Gladstone area is but this shows an increase of 3.2% per year and it's growing faster than any other Queensland region.

With the many places to go from the likes of Awoonga, or Callide Dams, through to the maze of mangrove systems we have from Port Alma through to Rules Beach and out to the Southern Great Barrier Reef and beyond, it's no wonder people come here to work, rest, invest and play.

Recently the ABT held their evening comp at Awoonga and from what I hear there were about 60 barra caught with plenty more huge fish seen on the sounders in amongst the timber.

Nineteen days to go till Christmas and here are another few good ideas.

New rod and reel combo, or maybe a couple of those inflatable life jackets, or a new tackle box (Plano 7 tray?) chocka block full of a range of hooks, sinkers, swivels, trace, clippers, and lures from soft plastics through to spinners and hardbodied lures or you might even like to buy one of Johnny Mitchell's DVDs on fishing for barra or catching mudcrabs.