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.
So, you’ve arrived at 1770 after a big drive. The bearings didn’t fail and you’re itching and ready to go. The forecast looks good. Anything less than 15 knots allows you to get to plenty of country without too much drama.
Over the last 2 years, I have been building my knowledge base and extending my fishing to some offshore areas out from south-east Queensland. This has given me the opportunity to target and catch a new range of species using some techniques that I don’t usually use in the bay. Unless the weather is perfect, my little Quintrex isn’t usually sturdy enough to venture too far offshore.
We’ve just spent three days at the reef in a 4.85m side console – working deep water, trolling, casting reef flats, popping, jigging, exploring marks for miles around. But it gets better, because breakfast, lunch and dinner all came piping hot from the galley of a 40’ Riviera(Ramsgate). Which also meant comfy beds, icy cold drinks and lots of room for all the necessities – like spare combos and ridiculous amounts of tackle.
One of the most unique aspects of fishing as a pastime would have to be the range of characters it attracts. I have never experienced a sport or activity that so easily unifies the old, the young, the crazy and the conservative (and everything in-between).