120 kilometres offshore, late afternoon bite period, rods nearly doubling over as more and more reds hit the deck. Even as I type this I am getting excited and my mind wanders off into that place that every offshore angler craves to be in. As every angler who has ever been in this ideal situation knows, there is a lot of preparation that needs to go on behind the scenes to make this hypothetical situation a reality.
Over 12 months ago, some of the lads from far and wide that have met from fishing forums online did a two week jaunt to Lake Kinchant near Mackay. Unfortunately I missed out on that trip, but this year was determined not to miss it, so mid October finally rolled around, and it was time to head up, after packing and repacking the car and boat 20 times.
Its that time of year when the local fishing reef and game fishing competitions go into full swing as thousands of hopefuls travel to the Innisfail area. These kinds of events are great fun with the social aspect and invariable downing of amber being good enough reason for many to turn up. So what about the other more normal non-competition weekends?
I was lucky enough to be asked by Fish and Boat to select and test a Venom rod, made by ‘Wilson Fishing’, a few months ago. From what I have seen and heard, I originally thought Venom rods were mostly catered to popping and jigging.
When it comes to fishing manmade structures there little which compares to the oyster encrusted pylons of a jetty or wharf. Pylons provide the perfect home for all types of baitfish which in turn attract an array of piscatorial predators.
We were sitting around the bar of the Keppel Bay Sailing Club having a few beers and a chat: old mates of forty years standing! The conversation of course was about fishing -of exploits, past and present.
Jumpinpin is a huge expanse of water that extends from the southern bay islands and Logan River all the way down towards the Seaway. For a beginner, its size is quite overwhelming and it can take a few trips to find productive areas to fish.
This month we head out of the harbour and explore some of the awesome offshore fishing destinations around the Capricorn Bunker group.
Do you ever sit there, look at the tides and think to yourself “bugger, should just stay home and mow the lawn or something”. Well maybe not mowing the lawn but sometimes the tides just don’t seem to line up with the good weather. Should you just stay home and give up? Absolutely not. Is there a bad time to be on the water?
Over the years I have kept pretty good records of my fishing. You know – the regular stuff – tides, moon phases, sea colour and conditions, weather patterns and of course, species of fish caught and/or released, locations and baits/lures used.
About ten years ago I was involved in one of those special trips that totally changed my level of appreciation for fishing on the reef. Our crew consisting of fellow Fish and Boat writer Steve Polzin, his mate Paul Tucalz, and I set out with the intention of fishing a big overnighter that would probably involve several hours of mixed action.