Perfect week on the waterways in Gladstone region
THIS past week has been unbelievable as far as fishing is concerned in the Gladstone region.
Last Friday and Saturday the wind dropped right out, to the point where some of the photos being shared showed the water in the background in glass-out conditions.
Being the first quarter-moon phase last weekend, the tidal run was minimal.
For those looking to fish the deep it was good, and for those wanting to fish around structures like reefs and rocks, the current throughout the whole tidal range was also good.
The only thing which wasn't good was me having to listen to outboards roaring out the mouth of the Boyne, and then looking at the photos on the internet.
My boat still has the motor out of it. Pfft.
Many made the most of the excellent conditions, and got out amongst it, with massive reds, large numbers of coral trout, sweetlip and hussar littering the Facebook pages.
Even Kimberly Busteed, who was back in the land of Oz, for the Autumn Racing Carnival, popped up to see her mum, dad, and little sis.
Brad, and a couple of digga-divians, being Wayne Daly, and Mark McDonald, took her out and to quote Kimmy "in Mum's boat", but it looks as though they got out fished!
Braddles even caught a beaut striped trout, also known as a "Chinaman".
Then we have Travis Carlyon who caught a cobia, 115cm long, in the harbour off the bank!
The odd one was caught inside the Boyne last year, and a couple along Tannum Beach, but it's so nice to see these further up the harbour.
The harbour itself has been fishing unbelievably, with excellent numbers of barra still being landed, huge grunter, good numbers of blue salmon making their way up into the Calliope, and Auckland Creek, plus up through the Narrows.
There are some good photos of one or two solid king or threadfin salmon being caught.
Trent Hall and his crew had a big weekend up north of Curtis Island into Keppel Bay and really got into the big fingermark and also some solid queenies.
Come the Boyne Tannum HookUp we will find who really can catch the best of each of the species on offer.
That fingermark would be on the money, but in the case of the HookUp this would be returned to the water after a measure, tag (maybe) and a photo.
This year President Jeff "Budda" Amos tells me they will be tagging fish worth a considerable amount of money, being released.
He isn't giving anything away as far as species, and location are concerned, as it'll only be done a few days before the event.
There are still heaps of spots available for this awesome event, and the committee need people to enter a little earlier to save the big rush at the end, before it closes.
This year's event is rather huge, and planning it takes up a lot of time. So please do yourself a favour, and enter either online, or at Pats Tackle World, or down at Darren Box's Boyne Island Bait n Tackle.
While you are in these shops, stop and have a wee look around, Boxy is full of knowledge on the regions fishing, plus has some great specials, and the team at Pat's Tackle World have a wealth of knowledge as well, with a huge array of lures rods, reels and boating bits..
Both businesses have had a very long history of supporting this event, so why not support them and other sponsors like Curtis Coast Marine, and many others.
This weekend is going to be another cracker weekend, with less than 10 knots basically throughout the whole weekend.
The sea might be up a little today but will drop off but we are coming up to the full moon Tuesday so the tides are building.