When the alarm goes off at 3am and you’re already wide awake and drinking your second coffee you know you’re keen for the coming days fishing mission. Sure enough my mate arrived 15 mins early which cemented the fact that he too was overly excited at what this day could bring.
Our Creek to Coast adventures saw the team arrive in Gladstone last month for the week to catch up with local guide and without a doubt one of the best in the business Johnny Mitchell charters, along for the ride was young Andrew McGrath from BCF, our mission was to film a BCF half hour that would include a bit of offshore, bit of inshore and a bit of in between. The only downfall was the 20-30 knots of Southeast wind OOhhh and a bit of rain thrown in……..But if anyone could deliver it was Johnny Mitchell.
Most recently the Central Queensland based, Rockhampton Regional Council (RRC), undertook the second stage of its “Community Boating and Fishing Survey” as part of its community consultation commitment to the “Draft Marine Infrastructure and Fishing Tourism Strategy”, which Council is currently formulating.
At the time of writing local fishing has been challenging with heavy rainfall and squally trade winds ruling out trips for all but the keenest minority. Some of the larger local river systems like the mighty Johnstone react very sensitively to these unpredictable rainfall events. So it’s not surprising that such waterways are currently sporting a red tinge and flowing about a metre deeper than normal.
From my window seat, there were endless flood plains and rivers leading to the Arafura Sea. They teamed with diversity of wildlife and were home to leaping barramundi. From the other side of the plane was the spectacular, but rugged, Arnhemland escarpment, glowing red in the morning sun.
You know how you have them friends that when you catch up you always say ‘you should come fishing with us next trip’, then all of a sudden 3 years go by and at every party you repeat the same conversation? Well believe it or not, we finally came to a mutual agreeance to actually stand on the same together! And I’m still not sure after this day if Tamara and Robbie will ever come out with us again. Let me explain.
Sooty’s in winter? You bloody bet! Residing in Mackay, it would be fair to say that our local winter would be quite laughable, especially when compared to the southern states. Despite this, there is certainly a drop by at least a few degrees which is definitely transferred to the water. This can make targeting those fish that are characteristically renowned for being summer time brawlers, a little trickier…..or does it?
So the big day had arrived and my mate Bredan was excited to say the least with the arrival of his new fising weapon. His 21ft Renegade a donned my front footpath in all its glory ready to go and fish the saltwater realms of our coastline. One problem though, the boat was ready to go minus the installation of any sounders or technology. In our hast to get this thing out for a fish we decided that a day on the water using mothernatures signs only to locate fish would be the plan and see what cards we are dealt in regards to fish on board.
What is wealth? Modern society insists that it’s all about how much money we have but this perception begins to lose some of its glitter as a few of us get older. Those of us who’ve had to opportunity to experience the natural world on a regular basis are probably the ones most likely to become disillusioned with this concept. There are, in fact, many sources of wealth and some of the most coveted have nothing to do with folding green stuff, gold and diamonds.
Humble Estuary Cod, a trophy fish? No I hear you say? Well read this it might just change your mind! These cave dwelling critters have had me obsessed from my first encounter. Feeling the power of these super sized Cod in under 3m of water, well feelings of inadequacy and intimidation enter your mind.
Just recently my wonderful partner and I decided it was time for us to visit my family in my hometown of the Barossa Valley, South Australia. Now before some of you start saying to yourselves “Oh that’s what’s wrong with him” and “That explains a lot!” (To which I have all heard before), the good old state of South Oz has a number of things going for it that other states could learn from.