Right time for fam­i­lies

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

SU­PERB boat­ing con­di­tions have fi­nally al­lowed hol­i­day­ing young­sters and their fam­i­lies to wet a line in some de­gree of com­fort.

Sloppy seas have given way to glassy con­di­tions in bay wa­ters where a timely run of dog­gie or Queens­land school mack­erel is mak­ing for happy kids and even hap­pier par­ents.

The Al­li­ga­tor Creek weed beds, har­bour ship­ping chan­nel, West Point and Bur­dekin Rock are among the recog­nised hot spots that have yielded mack­erel in worth­while num­bers.

Alex Bran­don and son River en­joyed a bag limit catch of 10 mack­erel each when they cast metal jigs close to ship­ping chan­nel py­lons on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Bran­don Snr said the pair ini­tially used a wire trace to avoid hav­ing their lures bit­ten off by the ra­zor toothed preda­tors. How­ever the fish would fre­quently fol­low the im­i­ta­tion bait­fish with­out of­fer­ing a strike.

“We got rid of the traces and started catch­ing fish right away,” Bran­don said.

“They were re­ally easy to hook with­out the traces scar­ing them off and we only lost one lure to a bite­off.”

Mon­ster mack­erel

MEAN­WHILE, span­ish mack­erel of over- size pro­por­tions are be­ing claimed by an­glers tow­ing wolf her­ring baits in the im­me­di­ate Cape Cleve­land area.

They have been found feed­ing on small queen­fish near Sala­man­der Reef and when pre­sented with a well rigged her­ring or large five- spot gar, they rarely dis­ap­point with sav­age strikes.

The largest I’ve heard of is re­port­edly a 28kg mon­ster but at that size, it’s one of the ones that would worry me with higher than usual chances of the big mack­erel car­ry­ing the ciguat­era toxin.

Ja­son Yar­row, fi­ance Katie Saun­ders and Ja­son’s young son Jy, 7, found co­bia an easy catch when they re­cently searched favourite but se­cre­tive wa­ters for span­ish mack­erel.

Ja­son said it was Katie’s and Jy’s first trip in pur­suit of big­ger mack­erel than the dog­gies that each are fa­mil­iar with and although the mack­erel were AWOL, the co­bia made up for the short­fall.

“I’m not sure on the weight of the co­bia … one at 800mm long and the other one was 1100mm long,” Yar­row Snr said.

“They were caught float­ing pilchards and cast­ing gold Bomber lures,” he added.

The trio backed up their co­bia catch with a haul of fat dog­gie mack­erel on Tues­day morn­ing.

They fished weed bed grounds wide of Al­li­ga­tor Creek to stow no less than 15 qual­ity fish in their ice­box.

Gi­ant whit­ing on run

WHIT­ING are fill­ing creels when an­glers do the land- based stroll near both Bush­land and Saun­ders beaches.

Live yabby baits or peeled prawn of­fer­ings are fool­ing some mon­u­men­tal whit­ing to a bit over 40cm when an­glers chance their casts near the top of most 3 me­tre­plus high tides.

Catches are of­ten sup­ple­mented with an oc­ca­sional flat­head and grunter and re­cently, large buck mud­crabs. spon­sored by

Nearby, fish within the Bohle River have proven plen­ti­ful through­out the school hol­i­day pe­riod. How­ever most fish landed have mea­sured short of re­spec­tive le­gal sizes.

Bream, grunter, cod and blue salmon are con­sis­tently en­ter­tain­ing an­glers when they al­low their baits to set­tle near the rock bars at the mouth of the sys­tem while sil­ver jew dom­i­nate catches up­stream.

Law reels in seller

A MACKAY man sell­ing seafood via so­cial me­dia out­let Face­book has been fined $ 3000 in the Mackay Mag­is­trates Court.

A pub­lic tip off alerted Queens­land Boat­ing and Fish­eries Pa­trol of­fi­cers to the il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity and after ex­e­cut­ing a search war­rant on a Mo­ran­bah res­i­dence, of­fi­cers found and seized 20 live mud crabs, a fur­ther three cooked crabs and eight frozen rock lob­ster tails.

The de­fen­dant pleaded guilty to charges of tak­ing fish­eries re­source for com­mer­cial sale and fail­ing to hold an ap­pro­pri­ate au­thor­ity to com­mer­cially sell the same re­source.

The de­fen­dant was fined $ 3000 and no con­vic­tion was recorded.

Thir­teen of the 20 live mud crabs were suc­cess­fully re­leased back into the Pi­o­neer River.

If you sus­pect il­le­gal fish­ing, whether seen in per­son or on­line, re­port it to the Fish­watch hot­line on 1800 017 116.

Au­thor­i­ties ask that you don’t en­gage with the per­son, as this can com­pro­mise an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Busy week­end ahead

LO­CAL boat ramps are ex­pected to be busy this week­end should mid­week boat­ing fore­casts hold true.

Slight seas and light winds are ex­pected to pre­cede a blow that is not likely to sig­nif­i­cantly af­fect Townsville wa­ters be­fore Sun­day evening. Reefs are sure to be well­fished as will be the nu­mer­ous shoals wide of Cape Cleve­land and Mag­netic Is­land.

The Palm Is­land group might not be a lonely place ei­ther with re­li­able re­ports of span­ish mack­erel and co­bia or black king­fish in good num­bers orig­i­nat­ing from Chill­cott Rocks at the south­ern end of Great Palm Is­land.

In­shore shoal ar­eas wide of north­ern beaches in­clud­ing Bal­gal, Toomulla and Blue­wa­ter have given up good catches of mack­erel and fin­ger­mark dur­ing re­cent but in­fre­quent spells of calm boat­ing con­di­tions and that trend is ex­pected to con­tinue this week­end.

LINED UP: Jy Yar­row heaves a brace of co­bia caught re­cently while search­ing for mack­erel.

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