Spanish mackerel plentiful at island, chasing barra a ball

Jamie Quinn holds up his 760mm barra.
Jamie Quinn holds up his 760mm barra. Contributed

FIRST of all I'd like wish my lovely bride and best mate of 28 years, Jenny, a happy birthday for today.

Now let's go fishing!

This past week has been pretty ordinary most of the time, with strong winds and a little bit of rain, but people have been still venturing out.

LEFT: Alf Gudgeon with a nice Spanish mackerel caught last Friday.
LEFT: Alf Gudgeon with a nice Spanish mackerel caught last Friday. Johnny Mitchell

Last Friday Alf Gudgeon went for a fish out front before the wind picked up and landed this nice Spanish mackerel.

These fish hang out along the outside of Facing Island.

Sable Chief Rocks has some of the best coral along this coastline, and for those who snorkel or go spearfishing, this is the place if you don't have the boat to slip out to the reef. From now until about October, there are heaps of pelagics passing though this region like Spanish mackerel, sailfish, marlin, GT's, and big tuna.

They love fresh bait, which has been presented correctly, but they will also target your skirted and hard bodied lures.

Meanwhile, those chasing barra have been having a ball as well.

Jamie Quinn and his mate Brodie Jorgensen ventured up the Boyne River on Wednesday where they picked up two fish - Jamie with a 760mm fish but outgunned by Brodie's 1m snodger.

The outlook on the weather front is looking a little more encouraging with the wind dropping at the weekend.

Brodie Jorgensen with his 1m Boyne River barra.
Brodie Jorgensen with his 1m Boyne River barra. Contributed

The sea will still be a little rough, about 1.5m, but on Sunday there is a prediction on that it will drop after lunch (5-10 knots), and change from a south-easterly to a northerly before turning southerly on Monday morning and popping back up to 15-20 knots again.

Plus we have the last quarter moon phase in play at the moment and the fish should be on the chew across the region.

There are still plenty of salmon, barra, mangrove Jack and grunter in the region.

There are also plenty of bream and if you remember the story from this time last year they really came on around Hamilton Point and Tide Island.

Bream are awesome to catch and will go after almost anything from chook gut to prawns, squid, mullet, flesh baits or hard and soft bodied lures, so long as they represent the fish they would be feeding on.

Along Lillies beach there are good numbers of winter whiting and flathead as well as around Collo and 7 Mile.

These are also nice places to visit and easy to get to.

Have a chat with your local tackle shop or even pop into a visitor information centre if you are not familiar with the region and I'm sure they will point you in the right direction.

Don't forget that if you are planning a trip out front, or even out on the harbour, call VMR Gladstone on channel 82 on the VHF and let them know where you are going.

Hooroo, Dags