Keep an eye on weather conditions if heading out on water
THIS week has seen some of the apocalyptic weather cells pass through this region, including that doozie a few nights back which went through Awoonga, Benaraby, Boyne Tannum and then continued out to Heron and beyond.
We experienced winds of up to 60 knots in some places, uprooting trees, snapping of tree limbs and basically causing havoc and mayhem throughout the region.
Most of these cells travel west to east but I noticed one on the weather radar heading up through Bracewell, Mt Larcom in a northeast direction while another down around Miriam Vale was heading in a southeast direction.
If you are out on the water make sure to keep a vigilant eye on the conditions back on shore and if one is heading your way, take good measures to ensure you are in a safe area.
1. Does VMR Gladstone know where we are in case something does happen which you don't plan on?
2. Will the strong wind blow my vessel back onto anything, like a reef or another boat?
3. Do I have plenty of anchor chain out?
4. Will the motor start should I need to move?
5. Take a compass bearing of a landmark and don't rely on the GPS if you are caught in the nasty stuff
6. If you are able to move around a storm it's a better option than driving into one
Those are just some of the things which will run through your mind.
Parking in the lee of the reef, island or any structure should provide some shelter but at the end of the day good seamanship is always called on.
We have so much technology at our finger tips these days including the smart phones which are able to access the BOM radar images so make sure you use these tools.
The weather patterns and predictions for this weekend look pretty ordinary with one maybe passing through the region tonight followed by the breeze dropping right out in the morning but there after it looks as though we'll be back up to the +20 south easterly range again come Sunday morning.
On the fishing front there are still plenty of cobia about in the 12-15kg range and these will test your arms and gear. Also plenty of pelagics about, especially around Rundle and Cape Capricorn.
Places like that would include Sable Chief, Ethel Rocks, Middle and outer Rocks outside Pancake Creek, and down around Round Hill regions.
In the sheltered waterways there are heaps of prawns about; tonnes of them. While many are still quite small there are some worthy of being on the menu in any home..
These past couple of weeks there have been a fair few crabs about but most keepers have been wetbacks.
This usually only lasts a couple of weeks and they fill back up again so keep at it as they are definitely on the move.
There are still good numbers of grunter about on the gravel bottoms and jack up through wild cattle and Mundoolin area, so break out those lures and get into them.
The Calliope River is also a great haven for mangrove jack as there are plenty of snags for them to hide behind. Getting them out of there once hooked up is the next challenge.
Christmas only four weeks away and with all these storms around do not put yourself at risk when these storm cells are drifting around. No fish is worth the risk.