Boat­ies get bounced

Townsville Bulletin - - Fishing -

SEN­SA­TIONAL au­tumn off­shore boat­ing con­di­tions greeted only a scant few an­glers when boat ramps mostly re­mained des­o­late places dur­ing the early part of this week.

That was in di­rect con­trast to park­ing con­ges­tion of a dif­fer­ent kind last Fri­day evening when an­glers wish­ing to launch at the Coast Guard ramp on Sir Les­lie Thiess Drive were turned away by Coast Guard per­son­nel.

The pop­u­lar launch fa­cil­ity was filled to ca­pac­ity with only a few boat­ies and a good many ve­hi­cles of Crocs fans en­joy­ing a crit­i­cal home game ad­van­tage with a near end-of-sea­son clash with the Perth Wild­cats.

I’m happy to re­port the Crocs sat­is­fied those fans with a thrilling vic­tory, but boat­ies were less happy when they had to find an­other launch fa­cil­ity or worse still, forego their wa­tery es­capades.

I’m also happy for the Coast Guard lads to raise a few quid when the op­por­tu­nity rises and the use of the fa­cil­ity for park­ing is one of those all too in­fre­quent times when they can do their thing.

Some of the cor­re­spon­dence from lo­cal boat­ies sent my way this week oozed of anger and there were few com­ments print­able in this space – and their vent was un­der­stand­able when con­sid­er­ing their boats could be con­sid­ered l arger reef-go­ing ves­sels t hat would have dif­fi­culty ne­go­ti­at­ing the ex­tremely shal­low Ross River waters on any­thing but half flood tide or bet­ter.

But the rest of us might just need to think ahead and plan our launches a lit­tle bit ear­lier when pop­u­lar func­tions are held at the en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre.

One boatie says he keeps an NBL draw sheet in his ve­hi­cle – and he’s not even a fan of the game.

Nine­teen caught

FENC­ING con­trac­tor Paul Wright in the bay, but only af­ter en­joy­ing a spec­tac­u­lar catch of queen­fish and gi­ant trevally when he fished near Sala­man­der Reef.

Metal slice-style lures ac­counted for most of the fish.

Shark prob­lem

SHOALS wide of Mag­netic Is­land were rea­son­ably kind to clients of my Fish City Char­ters op­er­a­tion dur­ing the week with some fine nan­ny­gai, sweet­lip and t rout landed.

Sharks proved a prob­lem at most spots where they quickly learnt that there was an easy feed to be h a d wh e n t h e t a s t y b o t t o m dwellers started bit­ing.

Fish of the week might have been a mon­ster large-mouth nan­ny­gai l anded by Tas­ma­nian visi­tor Leigh Wil­liams while a most strik­ing trout was claimed by Port M a c q u a r i e b u i l d e r J o h n Gal­loway.

Min­is­te­rial omen

RU­MOURS of a re­cent big crab haul from the Haughton River were well founded when I chat­ted to PR man Dolan Hayes ear­lier this week.

Turns out he and Pol­lie mate Craig Wal­lace set their traps in the l ower reaches of t he mighty Haughton River and af­ter just two pulls of the pots, claimed 25 full, buck mud­crabs.

The pair had to toss back five to keep within their 10 crab per per­son bag limit.

MP Wal­lace must have con­sid­ered the fine haul of crus­taceans an omen when later that even he re­ceived a call from Premier Bligh ad­vis­ing him that he’d been handed the fish­eries min­is­te­rial port­fo­lio.

Hayes said Wal­lace comes from a north­ern fam­ily with a rich fish­ing his­tory, the Bur­dekin’s Wal­lace’s Creek ev­i­dence that we an­glers might have the right man in our cor­ner.

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