Bait to Plate

Kev Collins

Well known Restauranter and co-owner of Fish D'vine & The Rum Bar in Airlie Beach. When Kev's not working he's out fishing in the amazing food bowl of the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park or in his tinnie in the estuaries crabbing! His blog imparts wisdom, tales and info on all things fishing and food.

Windy weather and new toys

It has been "blowin" for what seems like weeks on end. The winds the sailors love but fishermen hate. Steady 20 t0 30 knot winds, day in and day out with a just a few small windows of 10 to 15's so opportunities have been limited and the fish few and far between. The down time however is often spent "messing around in boats". Our cruiser has been out of the water for annual refit (AKA Shave and a haircut) and I have just fitted up a new creek/barra boat and fitted a Hummingbird sounder with a "side scan" feature. WOW. Just about the biggest advance in fish finding I have ever seen. While I have only had a chance to potter around the marina for a bit of a test run the images available on the side scan are almost like watching TV. The detail is so great I could clearly make out a shopping trolly off the end of the pontoon and see the tracks made by the keels of yachts running across areas a bit too shallow at low tide. Every pole, pontoon, bucket on the bottom and yes...plenty of what were clearly barramundi. This unit will be dynamite in the rivers once the water warms up and when we tow the little boat out to the reef as a tender I can see it being fantastic for scouting coral bombies looking for coral trout. I intend to take a few screen shots as I come to terms with the proper settings but think this sounder may be an absolute revolution in my continuing passion to find, catch and ultimately cook the best of our local fish.