It had been a long paddle, around the 5km mark in total. And the sweat, combined with excess drips of water falling from the blades of the double paddle, ran down my back, soaking the lightweight shirt in the process.
The winter chill has finally arrived, and you know what that means? Jewfish! This silver ghost is the number one predator lurking in estuaries at the moment throughout South East Queensland (SEQ).
For the past 24 months I have been reporting from “On the Road”, or “Travelling Fisho”, as former Editor, Lee Brake, used to describe it.
As the weather begins to cool it not only signals a change in seasons but also in fish species that are abundant locally. This time of year usually has me servicing my barra gear for a few months of storage while I dust off a couple of my favoured mackerel outfits in anticipation for a bit of fun out on the mack patches.
Lani was bent over the stern on the Streaker Tournament Console in a fairly solid amount of discomfort. The butt of the Loomis spin stick was already leaving a bruise and the 50lb-loaded Gladiator Titan Reel was spewing line against a drag set just under full lock. She was hurting!
Living in S.E QLD has its year round advantages as an angler with rivers, dams, lakes and the ocean all within easy reach. Like a lot of other anglers I spend the winter months enjoying the cooler days, wearing the odd jumper and jeans while targeting our winter species.
As a North Queensland angler, I’ve had limited opportunity to target many of our iconic southern native species such as the Australian Bass and Murray Cod.
Fingermark, golden snapper, chopper, call them what you want, but you have to admit they are a stunning specimen of the Lutjanid family. Ever since I went for a trip with Coby Pascoe at the start of 2014 I have been hooked. Young Coby is a weapon when it comes to all things piscatorial. The knowledge that he possess at a young age will steer him onto bigger and better things in the future, I’m sure of it.
Looking at the tide charts and wind strength and direction, you set yourself a plan for a day's fishing. Everything looks great, and you head out from the boat ramp spot on the right time to have yourself where you need to be at the perfect time of the tide.
Buying Australian made, awesome. Buying QLD made, even better. There is no doubt about it, QLD boat manufacturers are up there with the best and I never cease to be impressed by the handy work of local boat builders.