Better conditions early next week
THE school holidays are in full swing and the weather is not too bad for the many campers and visitors to our local areas.
The weekend could be a little breezy for the offshore boats but early next week is looking good.
Monday night will see the full moon and this will bring big tidal movements over 3m with low lows and high highs.
Keep this in mind if you head up into your favourite creek and have limited water to get back out until the tide turns again, which could mean several hours stranded.
I took the family away for our annual visit to Agnes Water and seventeen seventy last week and managed a few fish up the creeks and one trip out wide to the 100 metre line east of the islands of the Bunker group.
My crew and I caught some tasty reef fish including rosy job fish, red throat emperor, pearl perch, mangrove jacks, venus tusk fish, hussar, snapper and a nice gold spot wrasse over 4kg in weight.
We also managed a nice little comet cod from the 120 metre mark when we were doing a bit of prospecting for some new grounds.
The fish were finicky at times and we did some micro jigging to entice the fish showing on the sounder which would not take our squid or live yellow tail.
It is great fun using little metal jigs on light gear fishing the wrecks and pinnacles in the depths for snapper and other reef species.
We are also right on the door step of this year's billfish season, with good reports from the Yeppoon area down to the Break Sea spit starting to come through.
One of my mates landed and released a nice little black marlin on the bait grounds only 2km from the headland at 1770 last week which took a trolled laser pro bibbed lure.
So with the reef fish and billfish loving the bigger spring tides and the East Australian Current that is just starting to pick up and bring in some warmer water, the rest of this month and through into October and November would be the best time to get out on the water every chance you get for some great inshore and wide offshore angling action.
Lastly the local estuaries have been producing some great mangrove jacks for the live bait and lure casting anglers. Some of these fish have been destroying some of the soft vibes with their fighting strength and strong jaws. There have been some reports of banana prawns along the coast line and around the usual deeper holes of the Burnett and Elliot Rivers, so keep the cast net handy as well when you are on the water.