Pelagic fish Australian

2April is traditionally good for reef and pelagic fishing along the southern Qld coast. Reports have been good regards Spanish mackerel throughout the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast recently. The weekend weather looked good enough to head a few kilometres offshore and chase these speedsters.

I hit the water early and punched through some westerly chop until I started finding scattered shows of bait 10 to 15 m beneath the surface. A shallow and deep diving Laser Pro went out back so I could cover water quickly while searching for signs of further bait and fish. I think we trolled 200 m before a wahoo crash tackled the shallow lure and turned the surface into white water. This fish was way too quick for Lachlan so I did the honours and a 10 to 12 kg fish was boated a short while after. These fish are ultimate predators; a mouth full of teeth and an amazing turn of speed characterise battles with them. Trolling was recommenced and a short while later I spotted a solid bait ball and a patch of larger arches holding 10 m deep. I told Lachy to watch rods and literally 20 seconds later both levelled out under screaming drags.

Lachy had no choice but to battle his first Spanish on his own as I had a cranky one to contend with on the other side of the boat; it made for some amusing audio! We boated both fish and then opted for a different approach. Using the southerly to push the boat through bait holding areas, we drifted a pilchard on gang hooks behind the boat while jigging any sign of sounding fish with metal lures. This resulted in an hour of mayhem and several more Spanish and yellowfin tuna coming to the party. The drifting technique using bait and metal certainly came up trumps and is something I will have to put pen to paper regards in an upcoming Sport Fishing Australia article. This weekend is shaping up to be a good one regards weather so I guess I’ll have to go and do it all again…


The extended Kalman filter approach to VPA (C.M. 1983 / D:17. Statistics Committee; ref. Demersal, Pelagic and Baltic Fish Committees)
Book (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea)

Fish Stocks/ Windpower/ Wave Generators

2006-11-14 00:23:43 by jaybug39

I have read that ocean fish stocks will be gone in a few years. And I have been thinking since I heard that Massachusetts refused to build wind turbines in Long Island Sound as they were unattractive, why not build some in the pacific where we could create national sea life refuges?
This would help out coastal communities in several regards. Some people would come see the turbines, much like some people visit lighthouses. The energy produced would ease any difficulties coastal communities may face from their currently existing long distance power transmissions. And they would get the benefit of knowing that fish will be around in the future


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