With no real wet season to speak of this year, and some reasonable tides on offer, the decision was made to head north to Hinchinbrook for the club trip.
The plan was simple really, head up early and check out some new and old ground. Four boats made the trip, with Ward and Richard Wallace, Richard Stanhope and Steve, Lawrie and Ray, and Dave and Bob keen to get on the water.
Who would have thought that the water this time of year would be so clean. Of course, with a roughly mid day low tide, there was always going to be some time spent on the flats.
The fishing was decidedly tough however, with only a few fish encountered sporadically to throughout the day. A couple of trevally were caught, including a nice little pendant trevally to Lawrie, and a sickle fish was boated by Richard Wallace.
Dave and Bob had a tough day out, eventually with Bob putting tags in a small barra, bream, and a nice grunter. Dave's high/low -light was a 32cm archer fish taken out of a snag in Benjamin Flats.
Despite the tough fishing, a number of fish were sighted, including a couple of lazy barras, and some particularly finicky pikeys. The pikeys were seen in their usual hangouts in the smaller creeks, but it just wasn't to be. A lot of the guys were quite excited to see the bream like that in the timber, even if they didn't want to play the game.
Persistence is Bob's middle name. This little fella put up an awesome little display when he hooked him round the southern end of Benjamin flats.
Grunter are such a beautiful fish. Another one tagged and released by Bob.
Dave's only fish of the day, a 'good' sized archer fish he site cast to.