Fishing on the beaches of the Torres Strait islands is a great way to escape the wind and enjoy some red hot ultra-light fly fishing action.
Threadfin salmon, or threadies, have occupied the Brisbane River for many years. About 12 years ago, a population explosion started the phenomenon that has attracted fisherman from all over Australia. When I first moved to the river city, I read an article by Brisbane River legend, Gavin Dunne, which initiated the fascination for this iconic fish. Who would have thought that you could catch a 50lb threadfin salmon in a river that runs through the third most populated city in Australia?
Have you been guilty of running your electric motor until it stops? I know I have. Luckily in this age of modern, four-stroke outboards with high amperage charging capability, it’s normally a case of going for a decent run and you will have replenished your battery enough for another crack at your favourite snags. Unfortunately, this process is doing irreparable damage to your deep cycle battery.
Through my Facebook page (Fish That Snag) I receive dozens of messages per month from new and return visitors to Hervey Bay, asking for advice about what species of fish are currently being caught, places to fish, techniques and recommended lures to use, even questions about the very basics of where to launch a boat, what the weather is doing, where to be careful on the water and which tackle stores to visit.
120 kilometres offshore, late afternoon bite period, rods nearly doubling over as more and more reds hit the deck. Even as I type this I am getting excited and my mind wanders off into that place that every offshore angler craves to be in. As every angler who has ever been in this ideal situation knows, there is a lot of preparation that needs to go on behind the scenes to make this hypothetical situation a reality.
Over 12 months ago, some of the lads from far and wide that have met from fishing forums online did a two week jaunt to Lake Kinchant near Mackay. Unfortunately I missed out on that trip, but this year was determined not to miss it, so mid October finally rolled around, and it was time to head up, after packing and repacking the car and boat 20 times.
Its that time of year when the local fishing reef and game fishing competitions go into full swing as thousands of hopefuls travel to the Innisfail area. These kinds of events are great fun with the social aspect and invariable downing of amber being good enough reason for many to turn up. So what about the other more normal non-competition weekends?
I was lucky enough to be asked by Fish and Boat to select and test a Venom rod, made by ‘Wilson Fishing’, a few months ago. From what I have seen and heard, I originally thought Venom rods were mostly catered to popping and jigging.
When it comes to fishing manmade structures there little which compares to the oyster encrusted pylons of a jetty or wharf. Pylons provide the perfect home for all types of baitfish which in turn attract an array of piscatorial predators.
We were sitting around the bar of the Keppel Bay Sailing Club having a few beers and a chat: old mates of forty years standing! The conversation of course was about fishing -of exploits, past and present.
Jumpinpin is a huge expanse of water that extends from the southern bay islands and Logan River all the way down towards the Seaway. For a beginner, its size is quite overwhelming and it can take a few trips to find productive areas to fish.