Squid action shows no signs of abating
The chilly mornings have had anglers in jackets, hats and fishing gloves this past week.
Yes, it does actually get cold here, but not for long.
The cold mornings and evenings are certainly noticeable for the locals, but tourists from the southern regions are happy getting about in T-shirts and shorts to cast a line.
While people do try to soak up the sun, we recommend wearing sun-protection clothing, even in winter, as it doesn’t take long to get burnt, especially when you’re having such a great time fishing.
Aaron Lewis was up for a few days before the holiday rush and got out to target some broadbill swordfish, marlin and ruby jobfish.
The broadbill daytime technique involves only a few deep drops in a day and he had no luck in the hours on the grounds during the turn of tide.
However he did have some fun teasing up a 300lb black marlin on some Jackson stick baits trolled on the way to the grounds.
The stick baits also grabbed the attention of a feisty sailfish and the crew got to have tasty yellowfin tuna that night for dinner after one fell to a stick bait.
The ruby drop the next day was not very successful either but Aaron did manage to get a fabulous-tasting eight-bar cod and a southern mulloway. Squid are definitely around in bigger numbers at present. Reports from the lower gulf areas and west side south of Tantabiddi have been coming in on a regular basis and it is the time of year when they can get quite large in schools and size.
If the inside of the reef is a bit choppy with wind, we recommend setting up a drift and casting to the sides as you drift with the wind.
Make sure you have got a separate bucket/esky for them, as they can make a mess of your lunch esky, as the wife of a recent customer found out.
It pays to have an ice slurry to keep the squid in once you have cleaned them and I thoroughly recommend steeping the flesh in kiwifruit or pawpaw before cooking.
My favourite part of the squid to eat is the candles because they seem to be the most tender part, but it is all yummy.
Some charter boats and individuals have noted that it has been quiet in the last week, however captain Josh Bruynzeel from On Strike managed to get more than 50 fish in one day.
The species variety included long tail tuna, mack tuna, shark mackerel, Spanish mackerel, various trevally, queenfish, spangled emperor and loads more.
The weather was superb as well, which is always a bonus.
Anglers on board On Strike had luck on their side recently.
An On Strike with a giant trevally.