Ban over, now back to fishing
THE reef closures are over and there’s plenty of action out there, according to Matt Graham of Bransfords Tackle in Cairns.
“The winds are down and there’s good reds, nannygai fishing at the moment. This weekend is going to be beautiful weather out there, probably around 10-15 knots.”
It’s a full moon today (Thursday), and the lead up is usually a good fishing time, says Matt.
“There’s more activity. You start to get bigger movement in your tides. I know a lot of people have been waiting for better weather, and the winds have dropped a bit, so I think this weekend everyone is going to be out and about.”
Land-based fishermen should get into it at sunrise, says Matt, for their morning sessions. “Generally that change of light is a good time, it’s an active time for everything, bait and predators.
“Then nighttime is always good. It brings a lot of sharks if you’re bait fishing.
“At your piers and beaches you get a lot of small sharks inshore. Some people love catching those little sharks.”
He said there had been reports coming out of the Daintree River, especially at the mouth of the Daintree – good fingermark, salmon, mainly bait fishing, runs of golden trevally as well, which is a bit different this time of year.
There’s a lot of small mackerel around the inshore islands and wrecks, a lot of spotty and doggy mackerel.
Daintree Dave (Patterson) says the solid rains up that way haven’t done much at all to flush out the river. He’s been fishing as usual around Snapper Island, where there’s fingermark, good nannygai and goldspotted rockcod. The fishing’s been good around the island, he says.
At the wreck out in the shipping channel it is fishing well for trevally and he also caught a cobia the other days.
“Lots of big sharks,” says Dave. “Huge sharks, 3-4 metre bull and tiger sharks, they get every second trevally.”
Tom Nevins, of Cooktown Barra Charters, says there’s still a lot of mackerel being caught off the wharf. He thinks the weekend is looking OK. The moon’s phase means it’s a good time for nannygai night fishing. Go a bit before dark, get your coral trout, and then target the nannygai.
TOP: UK resident and partime PD local Richard, with a good nannygai caught with Dave’s Daintree Fishing off Snapper Island. MIDDLE: Mat with a mangrove jack caught with Cooktown Barra Charters. BOTTOM: Chinese visitor happy with his catch on Cooktown Barra Charters.