Rain, Rain Go Away…
  |  First Published: December 2010

When is this ruddy rain going to beat it? The La Nina weather cycle is causing havoc with the charter industry and Christmas is looking pretty quiet on the fishing front.

Unfortunately, I don’t have much to report on fishing; cancellations and the rec fisho’s bilge pumps working overtime should pretty much sum up the situation.

I believe that January is going to be one of our wettest on record for sometime unless something gives. And the same will probably apply to most destinations this year. But don’t let it put you off, I don’t believe the climate change scaremongers predictions of all these cyclones. Even though we’re having a vigorous and early wet this season, we also have rather cool waters in coastal areas. It may be warmer out wide where the cyclones develop, but their intensities drop off closer in.

If the water should warm up a bit later then there could be a late blowy or two around late March and April.

If you do get up and wet a line I believe the best option would be to tie on some metal slices and go play with the thousands of pelagics that hang around the inner reef and offshore islands. Grey mackerel and northern blue are the two most common species that thrive on the small baitfish that arrive for the nutrient run-off. Queenies, big GT and the odd good-sized marlin should be the other critters floating around the tuna schools.

Most inshore and estuary options are hampered by freshwater issues and numbers of sharks including the pain-in-the-proverbial bullshark. When the winds are down it’s also worth a trip to the reef, and if the weather fines up and no storms around you should fish the night as it works best during the summer. If you do fish the daylight hours ensure you look a bit deeper on the slopes.

Hopefully I’ll get some better reports in next month. Would be nice to get some reports in next month so if you do have a photo of a good fish you caught at Hinchinbrook send it to me at --e-mail address hidden-- . I will be down in Townsville on a regular basis in the next couple of months helping family renovate in the off season and will be avail for my fishing consultation trips down there, call us on 0418538170

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