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.
Fishing is a funny past time when you break it down to its barest elements. Some blokes like to think its not madness and take themselves very seriously at times but the truth is we just want something to pull some drag in the end. I’m sure we all have more rods and reels and lures than we really need. But I can tell you categorically the next tackle store I go into I will come out of with more goodies.
What a start to the New Year! In my local area mega rainfall totals were received and things transformed virtually overnight from drought-like to deluge. In the space of just three days we had close to 700mm of rainfall! It has been the rain many have wished to receive in previous years, but importantly this time it has arrived when it matters- at the height of summer.