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.
It just so happened it was that time of the year. The time of year when the moons all line up and I get to take my lovely wife out for an offshore fishin mission. With three young kiddies it’s very hard for both of us to hit the water at the same time but she loves chasing a red emperor so when we get a window of opportunity who am I to disagree with the minister of fun and finance.
On a previous trip out to the banks, the boys and myself came across a rock that held a fair bit of bait on the northern end of the banks. We stoped and gave it a hit with some fresh bait, but didn’t pluck anything special from it. However, we did not give up with the spot. We knew there were fish there, but they weren’t on the bite at this point in time.
As the orange and pink haze of the sun poked its head over North Stradbroke Island, I pointed the nose of my boat across a flat Moreton Bay. My aim for this beautiful summer’s morning was to take advantage of the cloudy conditions and a large morning high tide to have some fun around the reefy shallows of some of Moreton Bays many islands.