View Full Version : La nina and the effects

10-10-2010, 08:06 PM
With the current effects of la Nina in full swing along the coast is it possible that this could aid in a bumper season for the prawn trawlers and the up and coming pelagic season and also lets not forget an even better season for those that love their mud crabs.... Any theory's on this one?

10-10-2010, 08:15 PM
My theory is its no good for people who work in construction, I'm one of them.

No complaints though, I'll enjoy the rain while its here.

As for the fishing I think a prolonged flush out of all the rivers, through the bays and out to the sea can only be a good thing.

10-10-2010, 08:28 PM
Yes well said I'm out in the weather working as well it can be trying but hey it's good to have it just the same. What's that saying.... a drought that effects the land, also effects the ocean. True I'd say

10-10-2010, 08:33 PM
heres hoping for a good season for me anyway!!!!!!

10-10-2010, 08:37 PM
The Capreef stuides have shown that a big wet helps the reef fishing.

Up this way we've had a very wet September and it's still blowing SE with rain every night. At this rate if it doesn't stop soon we won't get a big build up to get a big wet. This early rain will certainly help the prawns and Barra. The last few seasons the Barra have stayed along the beaches later and the netters have done well. Maybe this time they'll use this early rain to head out soon.

Big wets certainly help the offshore fishing.

10-10-2010, 08:46 PM
Thanks for the info on that one Daintreeboy because when I was at the Southport Trawlers last week I got talking too one of the old salts, and he's rubbing his hands together already. This is what they've been waiting for.

10-10-2010, 09:19 PM
Drought on land, drought in the sea.

Flood on land, flood in the sea.

Big wets etc have proven beyond doubt to be beneficial to salt water habitats.

It is a cycle. The rains we had the last 2 summers ( January mainly ) have been a boon to the Spanish Mackerel seasons.


10-10-2010, 09:38 PM
Well all news from here sounds promising here's to another good mack attack season and for all other surface torpedoe species. If the weather lets me out once in a while you'll find me out trolling at tweed coast.

10-10-2010, 10:02 PM
Agree with previous posters...drought on land drought in sea...flood on land flood in sea. It is cyclical. My records from my time down south show a definite cycle with the Yellowfin. Seems to be a 7 year cycle for the bigger fish (and quanities of fish)...which also seems to follow the El Nino/ La nina cycle.

The downside of a La Nina is that the weather is often crook for fishing and there is a definite increase in cyclones and low pressure depressions (relevant to qld waters...but not as bad down south).

Predictions from some old salts in the pacific islands who are a a lot more sensitive to this sort of weather pattern than us, is that we are in for a nasty season for cyclones. The upside of this for us is that the pressure from the longliners is reduced (though slightly) and the pelagics should come close due to the bait and nutrients being flushed out of the rivers. Downside is the opportunity to get out at em.

10-10-2010, 10:20 PM
Greg how've you been keeping good to hear from you?
Your red hot on that topic of the islanders being in sink with the ocean and mother nature, because that's what the trawler skipper mentioned as well. With this current cycle of La Nina expect more frequent rain with cyclone cells becoming more agressive than usual. He told me take his word for it as he's been in the game for at least 45 years... so he's seen his fair share of weather pattern's.

Cheers Gavin.

11-10-2010, 06:09 AM
IMHO depends how much rain your talking about.
Between Feb and October 2009 saw 6 flood events on the Bellinger, including the 30 year flood and a 100 year thunderstorm. '09 the worst beach fishing I've seen in 30 years.
Can't comment on inshore/offshore, but I do know the lore hereabouts is that too much rain keeps the pelagics out wide.
Cheers, and as a self-employed outdoor worker, I'll gladly pass on excessive wet days!

11-10-2010, 06:11 AM
My theory is its no good for people who work in construction, I'm one of them.

No complaints though, I'll enjoy the rain while its here.

As for the fishing I think a prolonged flush out of all the rivers, through the bays and out to the sea can only be a good thing.

Yeah me too. GFC and weather have not been nice to me over the last 2 years, and now La Nina? Wondering how the hell I can survive it, but I live in hope!;D;D;D

We are now in a cooling cycle Globally, and my guess is that we will see a wetter pattern in Qld for a long time to come.



11-10-2010, 09:16 AM
Just had a look at the BOM water section, Young's crossing gauge has registered 169 mls since 0900 yesterday morning!!!

NPD floodgates might get opened soon & Kurwongbah would already be overflowing.


11-10-2010, 10:01 AM
Live at Petrie and has been bucketing down most of the night and morning.

Another drama to be wary of with all the rain is the trees.

Had a gum fall over from behind the house across the road Saturday afternoon.

Hit a car and pulled down powerlines on other side of road. Gum trees shallow root system, tall, wet ground and forecast of strong wind this afternoon.
Cant wait!!!!! Maybe wear a safety hat indoors for next couple of days.

Yeah tough for outdoor workers financially thats for sure.

Take it easy

11-10-2010, 12:08 PM
I heard maybe the Leslie HArrison at Capalaba is spilling as we speak to add to the run off down Tinny Creek to the bay.


11-10-2010, 05:19 PM
Here's some good reading try this link. heaps of good info here.
www.elnino (http://www.elnino). noaa.gov/lanina

11-10-2010, 05:42 PM
pretty sure they open the gate to the dam...drove past the greyhound track and footy fields at capalaba around 11.30 they had between a foot and 2 foot of water over them
cheers rosco

11-10-2010, 11:40 PM
With the snapper showing late this year. I suppose the spawning patterns of fish will be inside out and back the front also.