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   May comment from Ben Collins, Editor Bush 'n Beach Fishing magazine

WHAT an amazing pelagic season we’re having here in the southeast corner of Queensland and northern NSW. A good mix of species have been on offer, which are well covered in this edition. If you haven’t had a chance to get out and chase a few of these speedsters, don’t despair as there is still time. And now is when a few of the bigger models come out to play.

However, you will have to be reasonably quick, with the distinct change in air temperature already occurring and nights becoming noticeably cooler. With this change it won’t be too long before lower water temperatures follow.

The good news about the change in season is that it brings on the local snapper.

After reading many of Sean Conlon’s articles and salivating over his pictures, I’ve set a goal of getting a snapper on a hard-body over the winter months. Sean makes it look easy, but it does require a lot of work and knowledge. For me it will be a matter of putting in the effort by spending more time on the water and trying a few things outside the box. This is something we all should do, and it doesn’t just apply to snapper.

By thinking smarter and using current technology, we are better equipped to tackle a variety of scenarios that should result in better catches. While trolling for snapper is totally new to me, I have chased many other species this way, so will be calling on that prior knowledge. I’ll let you know how I go. Hopefully there will be some photos to show the fruits of my labour!

Last month’s editorial touched on the Fisheries Queensland overhaul. Applications to be on the committee closed on April 14, which didn’t leave a lot of time to get things sorted. However, Brian Dare who runs the tourist park at Glenlyon Dam has put his hat in the ring, so let’s hope he gets the nod.

I believe we need a good mix of people from multiple industry sectors to enable positive results to be achieved. Unfortunately with deadlines, the Tinnie and Tackle Show, major computer issues and a cold (man flu) I missed the deadline. I did email to see if they were still taking applications, as I would like to be involved in the process, but at the time of printing I haven’t heard back.


 

Ben Collins