Strong winds tough fish­ing

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - SPORT - GARY HOWARD

THE hot strong northerly winds are far from per­fect when it comes to fish­ing the beach and off­shore.

The strong winds and sweep have made it dif­fi­cult to fish the beaches and have pushed in the weed at

Fraser Is­land.

Thank­fully there are still a few gut­ters with­out weed and an­glers are find­ing some rea­son­able tai­lor in them.

The top half of the tide has been bet­ter to fish with less con­cen­tra­tions of weed.

Off­shore how­ever, has pretty much been a no go zone be­cause of strong winds.

Prior to the winds, qual­ity snap­per were about off­shore, and on some of the wider grounds a few wa­hoo were picked up by those trolling lures for bill­fish.

Bill­fish, when looked af­ter prop­erly, bled on cap­ture and iced down in brine slurry, are ex­cel­lent ta­ble fare as moist fil­let or steaks are great on the BBQ with some lime juices and cracked pep­per.

One species that does al­ways seem to fire up with the hot norther­lies is man­grove jack.

It is not so much the heat as that doesn’t have much ef­fect on the wa­ter in the creeks and rivers in a short pe­riod of time - it is more so the baro­met­ric pres­sure that comes with these con­di­tions and to some ex­tent the fact that an­glers get out and ac­tu­ally fish for them.

As we haven’t had any rain for so long, I ex­pect you will find the jack well up stream in our creeks and rivers hold­ing around snag piles, rock bars and bridge py­lons.

You can ei­ther fish live baits for them or cast lures. Ei­ther way you need to get in close to the ar­eas where they seek cover, ready for an am­bush.

The dams have been fish­ing well for bass and we are see­ing some ex­cel­lent qual­ity fish pulled from the likes of Somerset Dam.

Our lo­cal wa­ters are best fished for them late af­ter­noon as with this heat the in­sects come out just be­fore dark and this is what bass sneak into the shal­lows to feed on.

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