February saw the dry, still weather continue, which was perfect for fishing the inshore reefs and islands. Large catches of nannygai, goldspot cod, moses perch and red throat emperor were again regularly seen, however coral trout were for some reason very scarce. The surprise of the month were the large numbers of spanish mackerel, which are usually starting to push south by now. Big mackerel were regularly smashing surface lures which at times became expensive as wire traces weren't always rigged, resulting in lost lures and of course lost fish. Some good mackerel were boated, mostly on floating live baits. The downside of the dry weather has been that the estuary fishing has been relatively tough. With some of the driest few wet season months on record the rivers are in desperate need of a big flush to get the fish firing up. Although at times there were some good fish caught, such as barra, fingermark and blue nose salmon, most days were extremely tough. Most fish that were caught were usually around the creek mouths around the tide changes. Hopefully the coming months will see a lot more rain and a lot more fish. Bring it down Huey!