Lack of tidal run allows for deep catch
AT LAST the big fella has laid it on, and to quote Duncan Reilly, who posted the sea breeze weather prediction for this weekend on Facebook last Tuesday: "I don't think I have seen anything more beautiful."
I couldn't have put it better.
So much so, that I sent a snippet from sea breeze to my eldest, and now it looks as though he is heading up from Brisvegas today.
This weekend is set to be monumental with the occurrence of the first quarter lunar phase where we see little tides, being only a small amount of movement between high and low tide.
Tonight is no exception with only a metre between high water and low water around 9.30pm.
These conditions are ideal for targeting those spots where normally there's too much run to hit the bottom or anchor the boat.
For those who love to fish the deep stuff you will most certainly love these conditions, especially no breeze and next to no tidal run.
Fishing through the night tonight and Saturday is a must if you are on the water.
The wind is swinging around a bit from the north-east tonight and turning easterly tomorrow afternoon and back to the north on Sunday afternoon, by the looks.
But it will be all in the 5-10 knot range or, as we like to hear, "light and variable".
This weekend could be one for bucket list fishing, so what is on your bucket list?
Personally, my bucket list includes a billfish, a fingermark, and maybe a big nobby snapper from local fishing grounds.
So often we travel so far to catch a fish and while we don't mind the boating side of things, at times you are just time poor and need to target species that little bit closer.
There are plenty of GSP spots around here which some know of and I have no doubt, judging by an earlier article, that champion fisherman and all-round nice chap Zane Read knows exactly where they are.
Those south of us not blessed with having red emperor, coral trout and sweetlip on their back door often have to resort to snapper and pearl perch.
Both are stunning table fish but for the likes of perch you have to travel out beyond Sykes to get water deep enough to target them.
Snapper, which also inhabit the same areas and depth, can be caught a lot closer and in some cases could only be less than a 30-40 minute drive in your boat.
I recently visited my brother-in-law in Tauranga in the North Island of NZ, and their species selection is yellow-tailed king (75cm min) and snapper (30cm min).
Here in Australia our minimum for king is 65cm, and snapper is 35cm, but the ones we really want to target are in the 60-70cm range.
Many times these species are in that 60-80m depth and spotting a school of bait fish is the first sign of nobbies.
This weekend will be a weekend to remember for a while so make sure you get out on the water, carry more than enough fuel and bait to cover you trip and time out on the water, let VMR Gladstone on channel 82 know where you are going, how many are on board and your ETA back.
Speaking of VMR, if you are not a member then you should be.
This organisation survives on membership and if they have to come and get you it all costs money.
It is not the boat which is the member it's you, and it is very cheap insurance.
Drop in and become a member - they are located at the north end of the Gladstone Marina right beside the boat ramp.