Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Have a Plan If a Storm Comes

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Have a Plan If a Storm Comes

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Byline: Darryl Branthwaite GAPDL CEO

STORM cells, strong winds, hail, full creeks then glass-out conditions are the order of the week here in the Gladstone Region and Southern Great Barrier Reef.

Many would say it's unusual, for me it's just the way it should be in the tropics where we are entering into the so-called wet season.

This means some amazing storms, only to clear, resulting in a very hot humid day when the sun does come out.

Early this week Dominic Cross, and his good mate Jason Wright, ventured out to target some of the wrecks.

They ended up at Masthead when a storm cell came through during the night which drenched them.

However, like good, committed anglers they soldiered on and when the sun came up it turned into a day to remember with double hook-ups on cobia and plenty of quality fish such as nannygai, spangled emperor, perch and a beaut snapper.

The little flying fish pictured, most likely being chased by a predator, hit Dominic in the head on the way out, which shows how diverse the bait is in this region and how healthy the whole system is.

As you can see from the photos, the conditions could not get any better once the storm had passed through.

In saying that, if you end up with a storm cell heading right at you, you need to have a plan because you will not out-run it.

For those who are new to the region get in touch with Volunteer Marine Rescue Gladstone at the north end of the marina and find out when their local knowledge sessions are on.

These are invaluable even if you just want to brush up on that knowledge.

Fishing the wrecks around our region does yield some magnificent fish such as cobia, giant trevally, nannygai, snapper and the odd trout and cod.

Sometimes, however, it is difficult to get to the bottom without being smashed by a species you either aren't chasing or don't want like the old remora (sucker fish). …

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