Rough seas expected to impact HookUp catches

ROUGH seas are expected for the weekend with winds up to 25-30 knots that could affect the amount of coral trout and red emperor caught during the Boyne Tannum HookUp.

Retired Gladstone VMR chief controller Jim Purcell said there has been a strong wind warning for Saturday morning.

"They won't be able to go to Heron Island and Wistari Reef," he said.

"Everyone will have to stay around Gatcombe Head, Seal Rocks, Boyne River, Calliope River and Colosseum."

He said even within the harbour the wind would affect conditions.

"On the ebb of the tide it will be a bit nasty," he said.

"It could be very dangerous for four to five metre boats. I don't think anybody will go far out tomorrow."

Mr Purcell said the tide was fairly normal, but people needed to be careful getting out of rivers.

"It will be bad for getting in and out of the Boyne for a couple of hours either side of low tide," he said.