Great days as tricky barra bite

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

BARRA are boom­ing as Far North an­glers hook into the new open sea­son.

Ju­lian Weimar of Nau­ti­cal Marine Sales said soft plas­tic lures were work­ing won­ders at the Dain­tree River and its ad­join­ing creeks.

“Last week­end me and a friend went to the Dain­tree and caught 15 man­grove jack and three barramundi,” he said.

“They were all re­ally good sizes too, it was great fun – and noth­ing tastes bet­ter than a nice salty barra!”

But it’s not just the Dain­tree that’s prov­ing pop­u­lar for barra-hun­gry an­glers, with re­ports of sev­eral big catches at fish­ing hot spots within the Shire.

“A few peo­ple have been com­ing in say­ing they’ve been get­ting barra off the Sugar Wharf,” Mr Weimar said.

Brans­fords Dis­count Tackle Shop, Clifton Beach, man­ager Matt Gra­ham said ev­ery­one was chas­ing barramundi at this time of year.

He said many happy an­glers were re­port­ing barra catches rang­ing from 70-90cm, while the big­gest barra he had heard of so far this open sea­son was 1.10m.

He said con­di­tions had been ideal for fish­ing over the past few weeks.

“The lo­cal jetty has been fir­ing like mad lately, the mack­erel and queen fish in par­tic­u­lar have been go­ing crazy,” Mr Gra­ham said.

“There have been mixed re­ports on red em­peror and nan­ny­gai, but ev­ery­thing else is re­ally good.”

He said an­glers had been re­turn­ing from suc­cess­ful days at the outer Reef, with some land­ing Span­ish mack­erel in ex­cess of 30kg.

South-east­erly winds have re­turned to the Far North, with mostly sunny con­di­tions ex­pected for this week­end.

Thomas Nevins of Cook­town Barra Char­ters said while there was still some im­pres­sive fish be­ing caught, the warm wa­ter was caus­ing a few headaches for an­glers.

“The wa­ter’s pretty hot and the barra is be­ing a bit slack,” he said.

“A lot of great nan­ny­gai and red em­peror are be­ing caught at night though.”

A closed sea­son ap­plies to Barramundi fish­ing on the east coast from Novem­ber 1 to Fe­bru­ary 1.

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