Fes­tive sea­son a mixed bag

Broome Advertiser - - Sport - Wes Francks

Well here we go again, a new year and a new fish­ing sea­son.

The weather has not been kind to lo­cal fishos with a per­sis­tent west­erly wind pat­tern cre­at­ing an, at best, av­er­age swell in Roe­buck Bay.

This made launch­ing and re­triev­ing boats both big and small at En­trance Point nearly im­pos­si­ble and ham­pered fish­ing over the fes­tive sea­son.

The pres­i­dent of the Broome Fish­ing Club and I man­aged to get out a cou­ple of times re­cently and while we had to tough out some or­di­nary con­di­tions, we man­aged to cap­ture a cou­ple of threadfin sal­mon across the bay.

On one par­tic­u­lar out­ing, al­though not ev­ery­thing went our way, we man­aged to “re­lease” sev­eral de­cent fish long be­fore we boated them leav­ing us a lit­tle frus­trated but hey, that’s fish­ing!

I was for­tu­nate enough to have both my sons visit us dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son and we all man­aged to get out on the water with some good cap­tures. On our first trip we caught five triple tail in Roe­buck Bay be­fore the west­erly winds forced us into Dampier Creek, where we caught six bar­ra­mundi by tow­ing small lures as slowly as pos­si­ble amid the snags and gut­ters.

On an­other trip we man­aged to catch sev­eral man­grove jack in and around the rocks on the mak­ing tide over Crab Creek side of Roe­buck Bay.

We just drifted in with the tide, ma­noeu­vring around the var­i­ous rocky out­crops cast­ing soft plas­tics and peeled prawns close to the rocks.

The Broome Fish­ing Club will be open­ing for 2019 on Fri­day, Jan­uary 11 so come on down and have a top feed and a few quiet cold ones with us to wel­come the new year.

That’s it from me so here’s to tight lines to all in 2019.

More fish­ing on The Great­est Catch, Wed­nes­days at 11am on Spirit 102.9.

Pic­ture: Wes Francks

Tris­tan Francks with a Roe­buck Bay triple tail.

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