The northerly front hit just as we passed Conical Rocks heading north out of Keppel Bay. It was 12 hours ahead of the predicated scheduled forecast. I pulled the throttle back on the big Evinrude and the bow of S-Cape II settled in the uncomfortable slop of the 15-20 knot breeze.
Variable northerly winds, mirror flat horizons and masses of feeding pelagics- now is unequivocally the best time of year for fishing as our (later than normal) FNQ dry season commences. Last month I described the onslaught of trevally species hammering lures in my regular haunts off Mourilyan Harbour. Since that time things have only improved with virtually every pelagic species emerging to feed on all our recent trips.
Ah, fill the Cup: - what boots it to repeat
How Time is slipping underneath our Feet:
Unborn To-morrow, and dead Yesterday,
Why fret about them if To-day be sweet!
(The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam)
At the time of writing I am feverishly typing in order to meet the deadline for this story between also watching bits of the U.S election coverage. It seems like the whole world has lost its mind with Trump now on the brink of victory. If it weren’t for all the good recent fishing action I think I’d even be little annoyed about this news.
When it comes to techniques, trolling is regarded by many anglers as a lazy man’s style of fishing. Most view trolling as throwing out a couple of lures behind the boat, sticking the rod in the rod holder and waiting for the fish to hook themselves. However, with a few adjustments and some sneaky additions, trolling like many forms of fishing can be much more technical and most importantly, highly effective when targeting both demersel and pelagic fish.
Even though it had been two decades since I had fished the mighty Mitchell River, the memories of its giant barramundi boofing lures and launching head and shoulders out of the water were still etched clearly in my mind like it was yesterday. This wild Western Cape York River was where I suffered my first and severest bout of barra fever which to this day has yet to be matched.
St Helens Beach in North Queensland is a sleepy little seaside town will three rows of houses, a small park and a camping area. As far as beaches go, it’s not exactly going to give Bondi or Whitehaven as run for their money, but what it lacks is squeaky white sand, it makes up for in piscatorial potential.
Almost a year ago River2Sea released the Crusty Crab which proved to be an absolute sensational soft plastic crab presentation. This little crab profile was deadly on all manner of estuarine and in shore species in particular the jacks which wolfed them down when tossed into snags.
There is nothing more frustrating in the world of angling then finding fish that just refuse to feed. Whether it’s watching them stacked up on the sounder or spotting them in the water, when they just don’t want to bite it can be hugely annoying.
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.