NICE ONE: Agnes Water recreational fisherman Mark Cross and a nice red emperor.
NICE ONE: Agnes Water recreational fisherman Mark Cross and a nice red emperor. Rob Black GLAROBB

Fish under pressure from northerlies may be off the bite

IF THE wind is from the north, go sailing, swimming or maybe take a walk on the beach, because the surf's no good and the fishing is worse.

Many fishers in the Gladstone region go by the rule above, and with spring and those dreaded northerlies upon us there's a few long faces around.

Agnes Water recreational fisherman Mark Cross, a regular trophy winner at the HookUp, reckons there's something in it - but he's not sure of the science.

"A lot of blokes reckon the fishing's not much good when it's northerly," he said.

"I don't know why really... whether it's pressure changes, but I think there's something in it."

And Gary Prior, a deckie on a charter boat out of Seventeen Seventy, is a bit more certain.

"Mate if it's northerly you won't catch anything - I'm telling you."

If you listen to the so-called fishing experts - maybe not "experts" in any scientific sense - they too will tell you it's not a good time to go fishing when the barometer is on the rise.

But scientists from Queensland Fisheries said they knew of no scientific studies to back the theory.

"I've heard of it (not catching fish during a northerly breeze) but there are no scientific studies I know of to back up these claims," a Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry scientist said.

And Dr David A Ross, a keen fisherman and genuine "fishy" expert, has published a scientific paper, The Pressure Myth, which discounts changes to air pressure affecting whether fish will go on the bite or not.

Who do you believe?