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.
This month we head out of the harbour and explore some of the awesome offshore fishing destinations around the Capricorn Bunker group.
Do you ever sit there, look at the tides and think to yourself “bugger, should just stay home and mow the lawn or something”. Well maybe not mowing the lawn but sometimes the tides just don’t seem to line up with the good weather. Should you just stay home and give up? Absolutely not. Is there a bad time to be on the water?
Over the years I have kept pretty good records of my fishing. You know – the regular stuff – tides, moon phases, sea colour and conditions, weather patterns and of course, species of fish caught and/or released, locations and baits/lures used.
About ten years ago I was involved in one of those special trips that totally changed my level of appreciation for fishing on the reef. Our crew consisting of fellow Fish and Boat writer Steve Polzin, his mate Paul Tucalz, and I set out with the intention of fishing a big overnighter that would probably involve several hours of mixed action.
Not every offshore bottom-bashing trip takes you straight to red city in riot mode. Sometimes the nannygai and reds just aren’t schooled up. Sometimes the top of the food chain is a little off their game or simply spread out and not easily targeted. What do you do when it’s coming up to lunch time and moths fly out of your esky every time you lift the lid?
Love reading fishing articles, but left wondering where all these awesome fish are caught?
Well here it is! An in-depth two-part article on fishing the Gladstone area. Tips, spots and techniques all laid out for you. Next month we will focus on the offshore reefs, but for now we will start with the inshore areas.
When anglers think of pelagic fish they typically visualise those species such as mackerel, marlin and tuna which spend the majority of their lives cruising open waters over vast distances away from the bottom. These fish are characterised as ‘pelagics’ because they mostly inhabit the pelagic zone of ocean which is the largest habitat on the earth’s surfaces stretching over 550 million cubic kilometres of water.