FINE CATCH: Trent Hall (right) and Luke Carr with some top reds.
FINE CATCH: Trent Hall (right) and Luke Carr with some top reds. Contributed

Mid-week offshore fishing trip nabs nice reds

YET another awesome spring week of weather; we have had nice crisp nights and early mornings followed by glorious cloudless days with warm sunny conditions interspersed with the odd day or two of sensational fishing conditions.

As you can see, Trent Hall and his good mate, Luke Carr, on the good ship "Hook, Line and Drinka", managed a mid-week trip out around 100km offshore and nabbed these nice mid-week reds.

From what he tells me, it was a cracker trip with glass-out conditions, and as fisherman, we wish for nothing better.

In fact, when you are listening to the weather forecast what's nicer to hear than "winds light and variable" Friday, Saturday and Sunday?

Certainly not this weekend "Wake up Brian!!"

This afternoon we should see the wind drop off slightly as this patch of unsettled cloud rolls through.

Then tomorrow it's much of the same as well as Sunday 10-15, but there could be a half-decent sea running.

Come Monday and Tuesday the wind starts to swing around to the north and the swell drops out a tad.

This weekend is also the first quarter of the lunar phase with tiny little tides on Saturday night being less than a metre between low and high tide early Sunday morning.

There are still plenty of bream being caught in the Boyne and right through the harbour, but they are showing signs of the finish of their spawning season with skinny and light fish being caught.

We are also still seeing good numbers of blue salmon in the Calliope and also along the fringes of the harbour on both sides.

The group from Gladstone Fishing Network Facebook page toughed the conditions on Saturday to head out to the wild blue as they'd been endeavouring to encourage some of their newer members to maybe joined them.

The conditions, however, weren't to the liking of some, as a few pulled out the night before, but a few still went out and managed to get a feed in the tough conditions.

They have another weekend coming up out at the Boynedale bush camp up the Boyne Valley, if any of you are interested.

The last one was very successful and, with the lake warming up, there should be a few barra chewing.

Don't forget that Nudge Tresize at Lake Awoonga boat hire is also running a Father's Day competition through his Facebook page.

You will see us talk about the dam a bit more as the water temp is indeed climbing, and the Gladstone Area Water Board's restocking program has not faltered with tens of thousands of fingerlings being released over the last three or four years, some of which will be up around that 800-900mm mark now.