Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Strong Winds Spoil Fishing

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Strong Winds Spoil Fishing

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LAST weekend, being the May Day long weekend was poised to be sensational out on the water but come Sunday morning the wind had risen from the 6-8 knots the afternoon before to 21 knots out at Heron and 15-20 in at Rundle Island, spoiling what was supposed to be a sensational day out on the water.

Along with that, the whole region offshore seemed to shut down with the south to southwest wind.

Many, along with Grant Cooper, ventured out only to turn back to more sheltered waterways such as Seal Rocks or in behind Cape Capricorn maybe out of the wind but unfortunately there weren't many fish caught.

For many it was a bit hit-and-miss but the old saying that a day out on the water certainly beats a day at work rang out loud!

Meanwhile inshore the waterways were pumping and alive with barra, salmon, jack, tarpon, and flathead.

We ventured up the Boyne on Sunday afternoon to flick some lures around the rocky walls and snags right on sunset and also the time the tide was turning to come back in.

Having hooked up a couple of jack and tarpon the C[pounds sterling]skeetersC[yen] became too much and we called it a day.

Other reports were coming in that the likes of Middle Creek, Colosseum, and the Lillies Beach were lousy with flathead, whiting, and mackerel around the mouths.

On Saturday we took Grant Cooper's Mustang out for a little shakedown run and I was impressed with his new Simrad sounder/GPS plotter combination. This piece of electronic equipment was awesome as we cruised along at 30 knots while it read every bump and fish on the bottom of the harbour!

I don't know about you but my old Navman, even reading at 200mhz, won't read the bottom above 17 knots, mind you that is through the hull too.

This also had fuel flow measuring incorporated along with a feature where, if you spotted a nice bump on the bottom which was loaded with fish, you could actually scroll back on the touch screen and mark it. …

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