Nathan Barker holds up a nice grunter from the Nautilus wreck recently.
Nathan Barker holds up a nice grunter from the Nautilus wreck recently. Contributed

Windy forecast blows away weekend fishing plans

WIND, wind, go away and don't come back 'til after the weekend.

Well, that worked for today but unfortunately if you are aiming to slip out the front for a fish on Sunday then it's not looking all that flash.

The forecast, at the time of writing this, is pointing towards the south-easterlies strengthening, and even more so from Monday onwards.

Last week the conditions were nice to be out on the water but not too many came home with an esky full as there were plenty of mackeral and pelagics about but not many chewing.

Around the last bit of the run in and the last bit of the run out seemed to be the time most managed to bag a few, especially up around Rocky Island and spots north of that, with some reports of good-sized nannygai and trout being landed.

Some others did well on the wrecks dotted around the region like the Bindaree, Moreton Star and the Nautilus with decent GTs and cobia being hooked up.

The likes of the Nautilus, which was a steam-powered barge that sank in 1928, while being towed, sits in about 27m of water, is upright and basically still intact.

In close to shore things were still fishing okay. But the Calliope and Boyne Rivers both fished very differently from one another.

The Calliope is renowned for its barra, salmon, and jack while the Boyne fishes well for barra below the Boyne Island Bridge and also up around the entrance to South Trees and upstream.

Meanwhile, the mouth of the river has had good numbers of queenies, flathead and bream.

The entrances to all these rivers and creek systems, which front on to the outer harbour, have been good for the spotted mackeral, which lurk just out front.

The likes of the entrances to Colosseum, Seven mile, Rodds Harbour, Pancake, and Seventeen Seventy creek still have excellent flathead, bream, mackeral and blue salmon.

Inside Pancake there are plenty of gar for those looking to collect some fresh mackeral bait, which are in good numbers around Inner and Outer Rocks.

Gatcombe has had plenty of these as well, and even though it's rather exposed to the elements there are still plenty to be caught.

Long-tailed tuna can also be landed along the outside of the East bank, which protects the shipping channel south of Gatcombe Head.

In close to the channel markers there is a food chain where the little fish feed off the barnacles and growths on the structures and bigger fish like Nannygai, Cobia, and Mackeral feed on those.

So you really don't have to go too far to collect some live bait with the sabuki rigs and rig it up only to inhaled by the bigger species.

These bait jigs are a series of small hooks with fluro feather type material attached. This sparkles and attracts the bait which has a go at it and quite often you end up with three or four on the one drop.

Make sure you have a container with an aerator in though.