Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Seafood Platter Is Coming In

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Seafood Platter Is Coming In

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WHAT an eventful week it's been, out on the water with the fish completely forgetting what a bait or a lure looked like.

We complain about reef closures, but a lengthy stint of foul weather will beat any closure we have seen more than our fair share.

With the wind dropping out during last Saturday in shore it was still blowing quite hard (15knots) during Saturday night out around Heron, judging by the readings we spotted.

Come Sunday morning the wind dropped out and if you were inside the reef the sea flattened out, but beyond that a decent 2m swell was rolling in producing some awesome waves which Owen Richards utilised.

This is what I call taking advantage of what this region has to offer when you can go for a fish, and when they stop biting you jump in and go for a snorkel or in this case an excellent surf!

In the meantime good mate Tony Lloyd Jones and I managed to jag a session with Johnny Mitchell, motoring out of the creek at 5am.

A couple of other boats kept us company on our chosen spot.

First and second live bait produced excellent trout and after running out of live and using a small bonito within 60 or 70 mins we'd boated about 30 fish being a mix of trout, sweetlip, cod and nannygai making up the majority.

Nannygai are a species I really haven't targeted before and I was always puzzled at Mark Patton's desire to chase them.

Mark asked me on Monday if we got any around 10kg.

Hells teeth! I had trouble pulling up 4-6kg fish far less a 10kg sod!

These fish have a big tail on them and they smash you and nearly pull your arms off.

There is a wee clip getting around of me huffing and puffing, but that's after pulling up a few of these red fish.

That night I could hardly lift my arms over my shoulders, but I have to say it was a day to remember.

The hours leading up to the high tide at 10am, the fishing was red hot right and I have seen some pretty big fish and photos. …

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