Get set for a ripper Sunday
MATT Graham of Bransfords Tackle in Cairns reckons the big stuff like wahou and marlin have been going well, all up the coast, if you’re chasing that size.
Yellow fin tuna has also been turning up in numbers – “that’s something your everyday guys can go out and have a bit of troll for as well. And they’re easy to catch, really – it’s just a matter of putting the efffort in and having some patience. You’ll find them in the passages to the outer reef.”
On the coastline there is plenty of good salmon. Use mullet or garfish as live bait, along with trevally and queenfish. He said the outlook for this Sunday is looking great.
Dave Patterson of Dave’s Daintree Fishing says boaties heading for the reef should be alert to the wind blowing up into northerlies in the late afternoons. “It can make it real rough and choppy coming home,” he says.
Last Saturday was a good example around the Daintree. The morning was very calm, but it blew up a lot in the afternoon.
“A lot of the time I reckon it’s better to be home by one or two o’clock, having gotten up and started very early in the morning. Most of the locals do overnighters. They’ll go out in the afternoon and fish the night and come back in the morning, at this time of year.
“You’ve just got to watch out for the late northerlies and the thunderstorms if you’re out on the reef at night.”
This is a normal weather pattern but this year it has kicked in “about a month late”.
The Daintree River is fishing pretty well, though it badly needs a flush out and of course the barra closure will run until February.
Tom Nevins of Cooktown Barra Charters said the wind would blow until the end of the week, at 20 knots, but should back right off by Sunday.
He said the Endeavour River was “running clean and you could walk across the top of the sardines at the moment” down by the wharf in Cooktown, where it’s a busy time for mackerel and queenfish and trevally off the wharf.
Due to the barra ban he’s doing a lot of reef stuff, like red emperor and nannygai, and with a tour party of Chinese this week caught trevally and mackerel near a wreck outside the entrance. They were using live bait, mainly sardines from around the wharf area.