Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Season to Bring Hot Weather; Pelagics to Start Journey South Close to Land with Change in Temperature

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Season to Bring Hot Weather; Pelagics to Start Journey South Close to Land with Change in Temperature

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IT'S the second day of spring.

It sounds rather official but, apart from those with fruit trees that blossom and flower and if you have some lambs, the only difference we see here in the tropics is the night-time temperatures start to rise and this results in a warming of the sea temperatures and migration of different piscatorial species.

With water temperatures on the rise in the next few months the pelagics, such as juvenile billfish - black marlin and sailfish - will start their journey south, close to land, while the bigger ones will travel in the deeper blue waters beyond the southern Great Barrier Reef.

Many anglers have been surprised to have pelagics behind their boat just the other side of Facing Island, up around Rundle, Cape Capricorn or Bustard Head and off 1770 as they feed on the rich bait stocks in our region.

Like the big spanish mackerel currently calling the region home these missiles love a big, fresh bait and they like it to move fairly quickly, about six to seven knots.

Just make sure your tackle is up to scratch with excellent knots.

With the new moon just a couple of days ago the tides are still big, with massive highs and low lows, but with this is a lot of activity inshore and offshore.

Yesterday conditions were ideal while today, with a warm northerly expected to blow in in readiness for a late afternoon storm, we should see plenty of action.

The likes of Awoonga Dam soaks up those warm winds so, hopefully, the showers predicted won't cool the water off again.

There have been a few decent fish lifted from the water in the quieter bays although I have had some reports of the occasional angler stirring up a patch of water that another has been fishing in.

Stealth mode is premium on this lake and that goes to the point of placing the anchor in the water without making the slightest noise.

In the rivers and creek systems the fishing has been red hot, with good numbers of grunter, barramundi and salmon being caught.

The Colosseum system also has great stocks of solid summer or yellowfin whiting and they just love the yabbies you can pump out at low tide. …

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