Another summer has passed and those cruel mid-year trade winds are now relentlessly hammering the coast. The frequency of calm forecasts is now much less inspiring leaving most bluewater hopefuls to contemplate past results or maybe to forget about them in favour of a session on some winter macks.
We are fortunate in this country that we can still go to certain areas to target a species and more often than not encounter the fish we set out for. Sure there are still those trips that leave you wondering if golf would have been a better pastime, but generally with dedication and a little nouse the rewards will come. The latest thing on fins to steal my attention was the Saratoga.
It’s not often you fluke one of those perfect offshore days – those days when the wind is soft and gentle like a good proctologist; the sea is calm with a glassy finish like it’s been sipping single malt into the early hours; and even the tides are restrained.
On this day, more than restrained, they were neap – 1.1m of run to be exact. To put things into perspective, our king tide off Mackay has up to 6.5m of run…
After 2 weeks off the water, I was itching to get amongst some pelagics. There was a short window of good weather in early March, and despite the threat of rain, nothing was stopping me. Although, when I awoke at 1a.m. to the sound of the gutters overflowing, almost put a dampener on things. Paranoia set in as I anxiously checked the BoM radar every ½hour for the next three hours, praying for the rain to disappear out to sea. Thankfully, the rain didby the time I drove out of my driveway, Galeforce in tow.
So where about’s is the best place to position yourself if you want to catch a fish? No I haven't lost the plot and this very simple question has a very simple answer. Of course if you want to catch a fish then obviously you would be needing to fish in an area where the fish are. After all it’s common sense that the fish need to be there in order for you to catch them.
Is bigger better? Or maybe the smaller ones seem to produce the goods. Before you check the front cover to see if you have picked up the wrong magazine by accident lets dive into which tides seem to get better results and why. Tidal influence is a major factor when looking to launch your next assault out on the briny.
Over the years I have experimented with trying to consistently catch Spanish mackerel at night. Especially during the summer period when daytime temperatures and strong sunlight, lessen the chances of a prolonged daylight “bite” period.
Encountering a species that you have not come across before whilst exploring new ground can create a well of emotions. Excitement at the shiny new thing, a sense of wonderment and a large dosing of curiosity (Shhhhhh, it didn’t kill the cat like you have been told). What is it? Is it safe to eat? Was it a fluke catch or can we replicate it? How do we identify it successfully?
Until recently, I had never(in my 25 odd years of fishing) fully enjoyed a fishing trip that I donuted, while being out-fished and out-classed by my fishing partner. This was until late December whenI accompanied the jack legend himself, John Costello,witnessing my first 50cm Gold Coast mangrove jack. I might even say that this particular trip would be in my top ten fishing trips.