Matt Branthwaite with a big grin landing a Barra from off a Stand up Paddle board in the Boyne this week. Photo Contributed/Matt Branthwaite
Matt Branthwaite with a big grin landing a Barra from off a Stand up Paddle board in the Boyne this week. Photo Contributed/Matt Branthwaite Contributed

Good weather to go out fishing on the long weekend

THIS week marks the first of two coral reef fin fish closures, which started last Tuesday and will end this Sunday at midnight.

The reef fin fish closures basically affect many species, all of which are displayed on the State Government website at daff.qld.gov.au/fisheries.

As this weekend is a long weekend I can imagine many people will be wanting to slip out on Monday to catch a feed and the weather prediction looks awesome.

The new moon lunar phase happening tonight will also stir up the fishing pot somewhat and those thinking about chasing the big reds will need to have some heavy lead on their lines to reach the bottom.

Looking on Facebook this week brought up some pretty good subjects to talk about - one of which is Terrin Sharpe and Pat Laws who were trying to encourage a 3m mako shark to take the bait.

Terrin and Pat's 3m Mako Shark sniffing around this week. Photo Contributed/Terrin Sharpe
Terrin and Pat's 3m Mako Shark sniffing around this week. Photo Contributed/Terrin Sharpe Contributed

This breed of shark is renowned for its acrobatics once hooked but on this occasion the bait got dropped and the next munch was on the prop of Pat's outboard!

Another subject was Johnny Mitchell's clients latching onto some giant herring on soft plastics just off the coast.

Like tarpon these fight like anything, leaping from the water and are especially good fun on light gear.

Paul Dolan, a guide from Hervey Bay, has been quite successful with chasing these as well and it's nice to see the sport of fishing being enjoyed so much.

You know, once your esky is full, and quite often it doesn't take long for that to happen, just what do you do next?

One suggestion is to put away the big gear, and bring out the light stuff, be it bait casters, thread line reels, or bream gear, it really doesn't matter, and then have a little competition on the boat.

In close to shore things have been very good with loads of bait around, bringing the mackerel in nice and close along with the tuna, trevally and queenfish.

Places like Gatcombe Head or North Entrance have been red hot for these pelagics on lures, so have a bash at it.

My lad, Matty, has been up from Brisbane for work and some of the evenings he has borrowed a paddle board from his good friends Susan and Alan Brown, carting it up to Pikes Crossing, with the goal to catch a barra from off this narrow platform.

Nevertheless, armed with his trusty GoPro strapped to his scone, off he ventured, and as you can see he achieved his goal, but this was not without dramas.

Once hooked up on the barra, he knelt down on the board and it towed him all over the place. He did eventually get it close enough to the board when he sat down to retrieve it.

Reaching out to grab the trace, the lure popped out of its gob.

Quick thinking, he reached out and grabbed it by the jaw, and brought it on board.

The point I am making here is that the pure love of fishing and being on the water is what drives us and having an esky full is the bonus.

An excellent specimen of a Giant Herring caught this week on a Johnny Mitchell charter. Photo Contributed/Johnny Mitchell
An excellent specimen of a Giant Herring caught this week on a Johnny Mitchell charter. Photo Contributed/Johnny Mitchell Contributed