Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Pull of the Moon Is a Mighty Big Lure

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Pull of the Moon Is a Mighty Big Lure

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THIS past weekend, although reasonably ordinary as far as sea and wind conditions were concerned, did have massive rewards for those who ventured out.

The wind on Saturday and Sunday, while blustery in close, dropped off to around 10 knots most of the time out wide. Maybe not my sort of conditions to travel out there but the new moon phase is a mighty big lure.

I have to admit the bit leading up to the new moon and on the actual night, given the right conditions, is pretty good and to assist you with checking out which days are predicted to be good and other days which could be alright there is a yearly publication called The Fisherman's Almanac.

There have been many saying they have had big catches on bad days which are marked in the book, but more often than not the book does give you a good indication, in lunar terms, what is good and what is not so good.

Much common sense had to come into play, though. For instance, the likes of barra don't bite too well in the winter because the water temperature drops right off, or you probably wouldn't fish the harbour or the creeks after a decent rain as the fresh water tends to push the saltwater fish either downstream or even out of the ecosystem Co commonly known as flushing.

Then we have the thoughts of wind direction. Predominantly the breeze in this region is south east, so when the breeze comes from the opposite direction, west or north-west, it does tend to change the bite or the way in which the fish will behave.

The upside of the westerly, in my books, is the great boating conditions in close, with the land acting as a shelter, making the sea conditions very smooth in close, and great cruising.

With the federal election coming up, I have taken lots of calls from many people regarding the proposed changes to the zoning of the Great Barrier Reef down the track. The likes of the Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party have thrown their hat in the ring for a senate ticket because of what they believe is a threat to our lifestyle. …

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