With summer in full swing and the weather gods holding the magnifying glass and focusing the sun firmly on North Queensland, now is the time to enjoy a nice cold Callipo ice-block and sit back whilst observing the cricket. For those that fancy taking on the heat and getting on the water, you can be rewarded with some intense fishing sessions as the water heats up and the storms start to build.
While I was a young uni student, I watched as my parents fitted out a camper trailer and their 4WD in preparation for a touring road trip around Australia. It was a new adventure for my parents as they had always driven straight through to their destination as opposed to the grey nomad thing of enjoying the drive.
Flathead are the king of the shallows. They stalk their prey, camouflaging themselves by changing their colour to match the sandy or muddy bottom they are feeding on.
Flathead move up the banks when the tide comes in and move down when the tide comes goes out hunting for prawns and herring.
The Tinaroo Twitch is not a retrieval method. It’s much more sinister than that. It’s a disease, an environmental ailment that flares up when the infected parties are in close proximity to Tinaroo Dam. Symptoms include an irrational urge to reach "1000 casts", a zombie-like state which allows you to fish for three days without landing a fish, and an insatiable appetite for icy cold beer.
Tying on a big hardbody lure and sending it back in the spread always brings a sense of excitement. Like all types of fishing, trolling lures for pelagic fish like Spanish mackerel, wahoo, tuna and marlin is about setting a trap and convincing these predators of the deep blue sea to fall into it.
So many fishing related pursuits are carried out based on the time and size of the tides and the accessibility they allow to various locations. But there is more to it than just having enough water to float your boat.
In last months’ Fish and Boat Magazine, Nathan Johnston penned an excellent feature on skipping frogs for mangrove jacks which prompted me to review one of my all-time favourite frog soft plastic lures – The YUM Tip Toad.
"If nothing changes, nothing changes." Have you heard this before? This is a catch phrase we first discovered in a fitness magazine and now use it as part of our everyday life, but more in particular, our fishing adventures here at Casting Cowboys.
Remember the first time you saw someone skip a stone across the water? Perhaps it was watching the old man, a sibling or a mate. If you are anything like me there is also a distinct memory of the first attempt resulting in a big single splash! But you kept trying. Before long and with a bit of practice those stones were skimming across the surface for as far as the eye could see.
Fishing is a learning experience, at least that is the way I look at it and I am sure I am not alone. I also find fishing to be a great ‘leveller’, bringing us back down to earth with a harsh lesson or two at exactly the moment you don’t expect it, but importantly, when you need it.