It was that time again. The time where we were to challenge ourselves. The time where we jump out of our comfort zones that we call bait and jump into some artificial offerings. As a die hard red emperor fishermen it’s hard to leave the bait at home but ever since I was introduced to a bit of jigging a few years back I now aim to get out a couple of times a year without a trace of bait anywhere inside the Cruise Craft.
The warm north westerly wind barely registered as I skipped across the mirror like surface. Running parallel to the coast conditions couldn’t have been better with not a hint of swell registering and a surprisingly clean stretch of blue inshore water below.
When it comes to iconic land based fishing spots in far north Queensland it is hard to look past Palm Cove Jetty on the northern beaches of Cairns. Nestled on the infamous tourist strip of Palm Cove between Ellis and Clifton Beach and just 25km north of Cairns, Palm Cove Jetty’s reputation as a land based fishing hot spot is not to be taken lightly.
Mirror flat horizons, masses of churning baitfish and roving oceanic predators. The mere possibility of mouth watering ‘bait ball’ action lures anglers from all over Australia to the western coastline of far north Queensland. If you’ve ever found yourself experiencing the thrill and excitement of retrieving a metal slug or popper through a foaming school of pelagic species you’ll certainly commiserate with the bait ball addiction.
Break Sea Spit is one of locations where you need to get everything right because of the vast distance you will cover just getting there and when it all comes together; it can be one of the best places you will have ever fished.
10 years ago my new bride and I wanted to have our honeymoon sailing the Whitsundays on-board a bareboat charter. Our very lean budgets didn’t exactly stretch that far back then, however the idea had never escaped our minds. A decade on and with two beautiful children in tow, my wife and I finally got the opportunity to charter our own 10m sailing catamaran for five nights around the Whitsundays.
Give and take. In one way or another this is an adage that I’m sure applies to some area of your life. Generally speaking, it represents a healthy balance of sorts-an even keel or a fair compromise. The record breaking El Nino, however, has presented a cruel example of how mother nature can give with one hand, blinding you with gorgeous days of hot fishing action, and cruelly take with the other by way of massive and devastating coral bleaching. Give and take…
We all know as boat owners how import maintenance is to the longevity of our boats from regular motor servicing, to checking dings and cracks in the hull and even doing the trailer bearings yet one piece that is important as all of the above seems to be neglected until it is too late, and that is often our trailers. Inevitably continually dunking our trailers into salt water before leaving them bake in the sun for hours whilst were out fishing takes its toll and it is important to get onto it before it’s too late.
Well we all know how expensive fishing can be spread between gear, fuel, bait, terminal tackle and everything else with most fisherman keen to save a few dollars anywhere they can. One of the easiest ways to save yourself a small fortune especially for offshore fisherman is to take the time and learn how to mould your own sinkers.
When living down south in the New England area for over thirty years, apart from hunting pigs, foxes, rabbits and cats, I spent every spare minute I could get chasing the mighty Murray Cod, and to this day are my favourite species to target.