Ost of cooler morn­ings

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

She didn’t groan or say a word… ’ t even know she was hooked up,” dley said. It was the big­gest and dark­est jack ver seen… al­most black it was,” he ed en­vi­ously. An­glers are re­minded that man­grove of­ten known as red bream, are ected by a 35cm min­i­mum le­gal size a max­i­mum in posses­sion bag limit ve fish per per­son.

ak­ing off busy bar­ras

D an­gler Chris Wil­cox told me a lar yarn this week when he spoke of grove jack in se­ri­ous num­bers. Wil­cox, of Wil­cox Ex­ca­va­tions, said s were about in num­bers ugh­out most Cleve­land Bay creeks fore­shore hot spots. He said noth­ing of the size of the s but he did ad­mit the hot di­tions also en­cour­aged bar­ra­mundi te, the well- known an­gler hav­ing to ke sev­eral bar­ras free of his hooks ng re­cent trips.

c fills fishy bucket list

NBERRA cou­ple Zac and Cassie hin cel­e­brated Zac’s 24th birth­day Mon­day while fish­ing within ve­land Bay shal­lows. he pair swel­tered in the rece­dented heat­wave con­di­tions e at­tend­ing a friend’s wed­ding last kend and hoped con­di­tions on the er would be a lit­tle more for­giv­ing, assie sur­prised her hus­band with a - day trip with my Fish City Char­ters ra­tion. Waters reg­is­ter­ing a fish ching 29C and a stiff north­west­erly breeze did lit­tle to in­cite a hec­tic bite at any num­ber of in­shore hot spots, and there was a dis­tinct lack of sur­face ac­tiv­ity, how­ever, the hus­band and wife fish­ing team hooked enough fish to stretch their arms.

Both lures and live baits fooled fish hang­ing close to struc­ture and ac­cord­ingly, large fish were dif­fi­cult to drag free of the treach­er­ous ter­rain.

Zac had ear­lier ad­mit­ted to his wife that GT or gi­ant trevally was at the very top of his fish­ing bucket list and he was a very happy birth­day boy when he nailed a re­spectable fish on light line.

The fight was con­sid­ered a del­i­cate one when Zac care­fully en­cour­aged the trevally to swim free of line shredding bar­na­cle en­crusted boul­ders and then the fight pro­tracted when the fish stub­bornly stalled just me­tres be­low the boat. Even­tu­ally landed, it was ob­vi­ous that Zac en­joyed a lit­tle birth­day luck with the leader shred­ded to near break­ing point early in the fight.

The pair caught and re­leased sev­eral dog­gie mack­erel and both were as­ton­ished at the fangs of an over­sized mil­i­tary or sergeant’s bar­racuda – one of the big­gest I’d seen in re­cent times – but it was the GT that made Zac’s birth­day one to re­mem­ber.

Go­ing dis­tance for mud­dies

FIELD­ING calls from plenty of mates look­ing for crab bait this past week, I’ve had to dis­ap­point them telling them to look else­where.

Ideas of fresh mud­crab for Christ­mas lunch is a mouth- wa­ter­ing con­cept not lost on this fisho and I’ll be set­ting my pots within lo­cal waters dur­ing the next cou­ple of weeks.

I won’t be Robin­son Crusoe though with plenty of crab pots – both com­mer­cial and recre­ational – cer­tain to punc­tu­ate the shal­low waters flank­ing Cleve­land Bay and the creeks within.

Re­cent re­ports lead me to be­lieve that the fore­shores within the Long Beach to Co­coa Creek area have been given a good go­ing over and best re­sults might be had when pots are set deep into the man­groves within the mouths of the creeks.

Creeks and rivers to the south how­ever, in­clud­ing the Haughton River, are said to be giv­ing up great hauls of mud­crab to those pre­pared to work their pots at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals and move them twice a tide or at three­hourly in­ter­vals.

One mon­ster buck crab caught near the Cro­marty Creek boat ramp mea­sured an in­cred­i­ble 19.5cm, the min­i­mum le­gal size for mud­crab 15cm when mea­sured across the widest part of the back or cara­pace.

Fe­male, or jenny, mud­crabs are pro­tected within Queens­land waters and an­glers bound by an in- posses­sion limit of 10 male crabs per per­son.

Windy and rainy week­end

WEEK­END fish­ing op­tions will be largely lim­ited to pre­vail­ing weather con­di­tions in­clud­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties of sub­stan­tial rain fore­cast.

Stiff winds are al­most a cer­tainty fol­low­ing strong wind warn­ings is­sued by the Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy for yes­ter­day and to­day and will have shelved off­shore as­pi­ra­tions by an­glers keen on do­ing the off­shore and reef thing.

Tem­per­a­tures should be sig­nif­i­cantly cooler than those re­cently ex­pe­ri­enced al­though high hu­mid­ity could also present dif­fi­cul­ties for an­glers new to North Queens­land, so stay hy­drated.

Might be a good week­end to check out some tempt­ing Christ­mas deals at your favourite bait and tackle store.

Zac and Cassie Pighin with Zac’s im­pres­sive GT be­fore re­lease ( left) and also about to re­lease a big bar­racuda ( right).

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