Red dog, red bream, mangrove snapper, whatever you call them, mangrove jack hold a special place in the hearts of many fishers. They hit hard, fight dirty and live in country that tests even the most seasoned weekend warriors.
Fortunately for me, I live in heaven when it comes to mangrove jack. The creeks surrounding Hinchinbrook hold good numbers, and it’s not uncommon to pick-up a dozen fish in an arvo session down the local creek.
Fitzroy River, Net Free Zones, Rockhampton - is it really the fishing Mecca it’s made out to be? Well, I had a very good chance to find out when fellow writer and 40-year veteran of the Fitzroy, Bill Bowtell, invited me up to fish for a week. Bill had picked the dates months in advance, working around his favourite moon and tide phases.
There’s little to no doubt that the Net Free Zones (NFZ) up and down the Queensland coast are working in the recreational angler’s favour, with places like Rockhampton being put on the map as one of the premier fishing destinations in Australia. Being Local Mackay lads, and with Rockhampton having its fair share of publicity lately, we thought we would let the angling community know just how good the Mackay NFZs are.
The only one thing better than a solid wet season is the fishing that comes after it. Whilst it can be a little frustrating watching the creeks and rivers run chocolate for months on end, the reality is that these big flushes will eventually pay some pretty big dividends in terms of fish recruitment for the future.
Do you prefer a spin or overhead reel? Are you a plastic’s or hardbody lure caster? Braid or mono line? Lures or bait? Short or long rods? These are some of the questions that we all face when it comes to fishing, and with each question, you will always get a varied answer to the question. It all comes down to personal preference and what people prefer.
I worked late on the Sunday and then packed the last of my gear before hitting the road from Mackay to Rockhampton. When I finally pulled up in the Boon family driveway, it was close to 10pm, and I was looking forward to a beer and a chin-wag to plan the next day’s fishing.
You may remember back in the January edition of Fish and Boat that I reviewed an Offshore Marine Master (OMM) 620 Walk Around. The write-up was glowing and deservedly so. That boat really nailed the brief; tough, aesthetically pleasing, precisely finished and well priced - all features that get the blood pumping.
Fraser Island, there is certainly something very special about the largest sand island in the world. Some people call it Fraser, others stick to the indigenous Butchulla name for the island, being K’Gari. All I know, is that every time I step foot onto Fraser Island, I experience a complete feeling of relaxation.