Free fun at boat park

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

RECRE­ATIONAL Boat­ing Park cel­e­bra­tions are not likely to hin­der too many boat­ies this week­end with 15- 20 knot breezes and sloppy seas pre­dicted by most fore­cast agen­cies.

Townsville City Coun­cil will of­fi­cially open the Townsville Recre­ational Boat­ing Park to­mor­row, cel­e­bra­tions kick­ing off at 12.30pm at the end of Fifth Av­enue, South Townsville.

In­tended to show­case the four ramp fa­cil­ity – two ramps al­ready op­er­a­tional and pop­u­lar with lo­cal boat­ies – cel­e­bra­tions are pre­sented in part­ner­ship with the Townsville Vol­un­teer Coast Guard.

The park is said to be the largest of its kind in the coun­try and in­cludes a des­ig­nated fish­ing jetty, shel­tered park area, bar­be­cues, play­ground and ameni­ties.

Ac­tiv­i­ties, work­shops and dis­plays could best be de­scribed as a mini- expo with all things boat­ing and ma­rine likely to in­trigue the most dis­cern­ing an­gler while fam­ily units are not for­got­ten with plenty of amuse­ments, food and ac­tiv­i­ties.

The coun­cil does ad­vise though that the boat­ing park re­mains open to boat­ies with ve­hi­cles and trail­ers mo­bile and un­der­tak­ing launch op­er­a­tions so chil­dren at­tend­ing the event should be su­per­vised at all times.

En­try is free and cel­e­bra­tions wind up at 5pm.

First light looks best

LO­CAL an­glers might do best to con­sider early morn­ing sor­ties if they are to avoid un­com­fort­able con­di­tions within bay and off­shore wa­ters this week­end.

Winds are gen­er­ally more ac­com­mo­dat­ing dur­ing the early light pre­ced­ing sun­rise and clued- up an­glers re­alise that fish are of­ten hun­gri­est at these times.

Span­ish mack­erel might be a straight­for­ward catch when baits are trolled close to Mag­netic Is­land’s West Point and the same could be said for wa­ters flank­ing Cape Cleve­land.

Wolf her­ring and garfish are likely to yield best re­sults and should be con­sid­ered first choice baits when towed at speeds be­tween 2 and 4 knots while large min­now style lures might be pulled con­sid­er­ably quicker for best re­sults.

Cat comes sec­ond

WELL- KNOWN sparky Vince McGlone showed vis­it­ing Syd­ney an­gler Dan Palmer the finer points of rig­ging a wolf her­ring bait last week­end, but not be­fore beat­ing off his neigh­bour’s cat who took a lik­ing to the toothy fish as it lay thaw­ing.

Dan, brother of fish­ing mad Bully printer Matt Palmer, was de­lighted when the trolled of­fer­ing snared his very first span­ish mack­erel.

The fish, at a bit bet­ter than a me­tre long, was re­garded as typ­i­cal of the cur­rent run of lo­cal fish.

On for young and old

MOUNT Low’s Allen fam­ily fished wide of Cape Cleve­land on Satur­day to claim ‘ a good feed’ of span­ish mack­erel.

“Had all the fam­ily on board, in­clud­ing both my par­ents who are 71 and 72 years young,” Craig Allen said.

The an­gler – best known by friends and Bully read­ers for his man­grove jack ex­ploits – told how they trolled a va­ri­ety of baits and lures to fool fish.

“We all had a blast,” Allen said show­ing off a pic of part­ner Kari and daugh­ter Asha with one of the school- size mack­erel.

Bot­tom feed­ers hungry

AND while much an­gler fo­cus has been di­rected at tasty span­ish mack­erel dur­ing re­cent weeks, oth­ers are find­ing de­m­er­sal or bot­tom feed­ing species a wel­come catch.

Jar­rod Cole­man, 9, bat­tled a good dose of sea­sick­ness and shy fish dur­ing a re­cent trip but went home smil­ing af­ter fool­ing mack­erel and gold spot cod in shal­low Hal­i­fax Bay wa­ters.

The young­ster was un­lucky not to hook big finger­mark that showed an un­usual deal of cau­tion while tak­ing live baits set close to rem­nants of an old wreck.

GT breaks away

PA­TRICK Jef­fer­son said he found bar cheek trout and finger­mark hungry when drop­ping squid baits to the bot­tom near Sala­man­der Reef early this week.

He said he and com­pan­ion Ge­orge Ever­ing­ham were forced to sort through a pro­ces­sion of large cat­fish and un­der­sized nan­ny­gai be­fore stow­ing three finger­mark to 65cm and a pair of trout to 49cm in their ice­box. spon­sored by

The long- time fish­ing mates watched on as an an­gler nearby bat­tled a mon­strous GT or gi­ant trevally be­fore los­ing it be­side the boat.

Tides good for crabs

WEEK­END tides might have been re­garded as good for drop­ping baits and lures to fish that might be school­ing at favourite in­shore shoals and wrecks.

About a me­tre of run ei­ther side of near mid­day high tides would have al­lowed of­fer­ings to re­main within strike zones for longer pe­ri­ods and less weight to hold them there.

These tides might also en­cour­age es­tu­ary and creek an­glers to set a crab trap and drown a bait for ta­ble fish like bream, grunter and whit­ing.

The mouths of north­ern creeks in­clud­ing Blue­wa­ter, Rolling­stone and Crys­tal are all fish­ing well with the last also giv­ing up rea­son­able num­bers of fat man­grove jack.

BRAVE CATCH: Jar­rod Cole­man with his cod and mack­erel.

Asha Allen, 5 and mum Kari Hodgkin­son show off a tasty span­ish mack­erel.

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