Matt Branthwaite holds up a solid North West Red Emperor from last Tuesday. Photo Contributed
Matt Branthwaite holds up a solid North West Red Emperor from last Tuesday. Photo Contributed Contributed

Glorious week on water with boats heading out wide to fish

WELL now, what a glorious week it's been with basically smooth seas, light winds and plenty of sunshine.

Looking at the outlook for the next week it appears to be remaining the same with the odd shower passing through the region.

Not real flash for the kite boarders and surfers for a change.

This weekend we are building up to the big tides surrounding the full moon lunar phase but the tidal flow doesn't really start increasing until Sunday morning, and thereafter these movements increase dramatically with a 3-4m difference between high and low tide.

Since the wind and sea dropped out last Sunday and Monday, there has been a steady flow of boats heading out wide to enjoy fishing and boating in our region.

My lad Matty was up from Brisbane and ventured out with a couple of his mates in Scott Wilson's new Sea Swirl Centre Cab to Douglas Shoal at Monday lunch time.

I have to admit I was a tad envious as I watched them disappear into the wild blue yonder.

As you can see by the size of the Red which Matty is holding, it was a pretty good trip despite snapping his graphite rod in half while tangling with a bigger version of this one, then breaking the braid line trying to use a stump of what was left of the rod. That's fishing, unfortunately.

Even though they brought home an esky full of fish not one trout was landed which was pretty strange as these four fellas are very good fishermen.

Check out the sea conditions in the background, though.

Things will most certainly be different this weekend and I do hope that some of you will share your photos to darryl.branthwaite@rh.com.au as we'd love to see them.

Inshore things have been heating up with the barra active, along with blue and king salmon in the dirty water.

Crabbing at present is also excellent after seeing Zach Price holding up his huge chocolate brown bucks from last weekend.

As we approach Boyne Tannum HookUp time we need to keep reminding people that it's time to run over your emergency kit being flares, in date, EPIRB in date and working, along with all the other necessary equipment required for the various size vessels you have and also are required to take with you depending on your destination.

It's also a great opportunity to check on your membership with VMR prior to the weekend in question, and remember that it's not the boat which is a member, it's YOU.

For those who don't have a boat, this weekend is the ideal opportunity to get yourself a permit from the community centre at Boyne Island and, using a 4WD, slip up to Lillies Beach on Boyne Island for a family outing of whiting fishing, a game of cricket or a nice picnic.

Finally, check your entry for the Boyne Tannum HookUp as I have heard it's just about chokkas once again.

Go to boynetannumhookup.com.au and you should be able to check.

Cooper and Zac Price showing up some awesome Muddies from last weekend. Photo Contributed
Cooper and Zac Price showing up some awesome Muddies from last weekend. Photo Contributed Contributed