Safety equipment is vital when on water

NOW that the New Year is on us, boaties need to turn their attention briefly to their on board safety gear.

Most people are guilty of stuffing the gear up under the foredeck or under a bunk and forgetting about it.

But we need to inspect each article of the gear thoroughly.

Look for things such as out of date flares, flat batteries in the torches and inspection dates on fire extinguishers etc.

It takes five minutes and could be the difference in an emergency.

Around the grounds

Most of the surf beaches up and down the coasts are fishing okay after dark with Whiting, Dart and Tailor showing up regularly but not in huge numbers.

One punter landed a 74cm “Greenback” Tailor at Point Lookout last week.

In the Jumpinpin area, Flathead and Whiting are notable at the “powerlines” and around the usual spots of Crusoe Is and Kalinga Bank and the Pimpama River but again not in huge numbers.

Unfortunately Sharks of all shapes and sizes are in fairly good numbers around the waterways so take appropriate care.

Coomera River to Broadwater areas are fishing okay but that’s about all that can be said.

Numbers and quality of fish are ordinary but it is good fun.

These areas should settle once the holiday traffic calms down.

There have been very few reports on fishing from outside on the reefs probably due to the lousy weather of late.

However Spotty Mackerel and juvenile Black Marlin have been taken wide of the Southport Seaway on the 36s and the 50 fathom reefs and some Spotties on the Palm Beach reef as well.

Bottom Dwellers fishing club is planning a deep sea trip late in the month, weather permitting and more details will be available next week.

For any more information on Bottom Dwellers Fishing Club, contact Andrew on 0407 599 465.

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