Reef fish active after new moon, sensational weather on way

Pat Laws holds up two awesome Reds from last Saturday. Photo Contributed
Pat Laws holds up two awesome Reds from last Saturday. Photo Contributed Contributed

THE big fella has certainly been smiling upon us this past week and, apart from the southerly blast overnight, the weather looks as though it's going to be sensational till at least mid-week, according to the Seabreeze website.

Saturday afternoon the breeze will shift from a southerly to a more south-easterly on Sunday and then to a warm northerly on Tuesday by the looks. Five to 10 knots and flat seas are predicted.

These few days straight after the new moon are my favourite time to get out onto the reef as I have found the fish are active around the last couple of hours of the ebbing tide and also the last couple of hours of the flood tide.

In between, the current will be strong and the fish do tend to sit off the baits a bit more.

SERIOUS BUSINESS: Wayne Gear is obviously over the moon with his nannygai from last weekend.
SERIOUS BUSINESS: Wayne Gear is obviously over the moon with his nannygai from last weekend.

This past week has been incredible, though, with so many venturing out to catch a feed.

Jim Purcell called me on Monday declaring that last weekend was possibly one of the busiest weekends that VMR has ever seen, with over 500 vessels logging onto their books over Saturday and Sunday.

Hats off to all those who are involved with this organisation but while out on the water on Sunday I still heard people calling them up to log in without a VMR number because they aren't members.

This organisation thrives on memberships, and also those who actively participate in the group by either doing a radio shift or two every now and then, or maybe on the boat crew helping out those who have unforseen problems while out on the water.

The costs of running something like a rescue boat with fuel, maintenance, berthing, and general upkeep is huge. You being a financial member helps.

Pat Laws once again sent me through a photo of himself holding up a couple of Reds which they landed en route from Douglas Shoals.

Wayne Gear and his team slipped up north of Cape Capricorn (spot X) and got into the Nannygai.

The only flaw with this picture is the fact that Wayne hasn't cracked a grin! I would've, holding up a specimen like that.

For many others Saturday was the pick of the days to be out on the water with many calling it a Trout-a-thon day!

Most came back with good numbers of coral trout, and sweetlip.

We managed to get out to Rock Cod Shoals on Sunday morning but judging by the chatter on channel 82 the fishing was very much hit and miss, of which I think we were on the "miss" side of things, only bringing home a few feeds although I did bag probably one of the biggest squid I have seen in a while.

Fishing inshore has been red hot as well with good numbers of barra starting to become a little active along with Jack bream and some quality salmon.

Along Lillies Beach, the winter whiting have been thick as, with many caught right amongst the shore break, if you can call it that.

Paul Jacklin wet a line in the Boyne on Tuesday landing three good dart, and a couple of bream measuring just under 30cm.