Weekend might be time to hide up a creek with the new moon
THIS weekend would normally have been Boyne Tannum HookUp weekend and once again the weather for the end of May and the first week in June hasn't changed.
Lucky this year's HookUp was in early May.
Last Sunday though, the day turned into a cracker with many slipping out for a fish.
While there was still a decent sea running, the fishing was a bit hit and miss, but along the outside of Facing Island and also down at Bustard Head the Spanish mackerel are on the move.
Chasing anything outside the shelter of the harbour though might be out of the question this weekend with strong south-easterlies forecast to increase on Saturday and even more on Sunday, perhaps knocking on a strong wind warning of 25-30 knots and 3m seas.
This weekend it might be time to hide up a creek, and with the new moon on Sunday night the tides will be huge with high tides more than 4m predicted.
This time of the year is excellent to get crab pots to the top of those little creeks and drains, which you can't normally get to.
Seven Mile, Mundoolin, Colosseum, Wild Cattle, Grahams Creek, Flying Fox, and Targinnie will be hotspots.
The ones who are familiar with the country north of Ramsay's Crossing in the Narrows will also be rewarded.
While you are in these spots have a good bash at the salmon, both blue and threadfin, or king.
If you have access to some of the structures around have a go at targeting black Jew.
They grow quickly and reach about 60cm in a couple of years.
Quite often they congregate in large schools at this time of the year, so when you catch one there's a good chance there are another dozen or so around.
A few years ago I picked up a 22kg specimen while fishing close to the Tripod Marker outside Colosseum Inlet on a live bait, but as we saw a couple of weeks ago, with one of Johnny Mitchell's clients, they will chase a lure.
The eating quality of Jew is good as well, with big slabs of fillets, and once cut into bite-size ready for the crumbs or your best beer batter there is enough to feed an army of people.
The creeks and rivers are also holding a lot of bream and you don't have to be Einstein to work out where to catch them, which brings me to a funny story.
I have written about the Price family, on occasions with Zack, Nicole, Dylan and Cooper who have a real affinity with this region.
Quite often the family ventures to spots around the harbour and targets different species at different times of the year.
Now, young Cooper is only 4 years old but an accomplished angler and his Mum, Nicole, had brought him into the office a couple of days ago for Mark Patton's birthday lunch.
Cooper was sitting there quite happy cutting up paper and sticking it everywhere as kids do, so I thought I'd try and have a chat about fishing, and it went something like this: "How's the fishing going Cooper?" I asked.
"Good" he replied, and then without me saying another word he stated "and I'm not telling you where we go neither!"
Didn't that put me in my spot!
Nicole tells me that they are drilled, before getting back to the ramp, that they are not to tell anyone where they went and for once advice like that was remembered.
Quite often we like to play our cards close to our chest, with good reason, because once people connect you with your boat and they know you always get a feed they will watch and follow you.
So for those who do that I just want to say people do notice you and maybe lock it away in your memory bank and return to the spot when no one else is around.
More often than not though, those like the Prices are able to catch fish in spots where you can't because they are very good fishers
You have to respect that.