Fishing has been patchy of late, with some awesome catches and other trips coming up short. The calm seas have been heavily used by those wanting to head east and this month should see a continuation of significant periods of flat water. Boating conditions and fishing will hopefully be ideal, though a tad on the warm side. Working your fishing excursions around dawn and dusk and avoiding the heat of day will both improve your catch rate and comfort level.
The reef has been sporadic to say the least. Many boats come home light on for action, while others have found action aplenty. Overnighting has been popular and reasonably productive, though the sharks have wreaked havoc on way too many occasions. The coral trout have turned it on in patches, with some great hauls of quality trout in the mix.
While overnighting certainly improves the comfort level, storms can be a bit of a hazard this month. Make sure you are closely monitoring the horizon and the BOM radar, to avoid getting caught out. Discretion is the better part of valour with these storms, as they can really pack a punch, no matter how small they may appear on the radar.
The two coral reef finfish closures this year are at the start and end of this month. The first is from October 28 to November 1, and will be over already. Keep in mind there is a second closure from November 26-30. The trout often turn it on either side of spawning, so make them a target species if you get out there either side of the new moon. If the weather comes picture perfect right in the middle of the closure, don’t discount a trip chasing mackerel and trevally.