Boaties get bounced
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.
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.
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.
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.