Great days as tricky barra bite
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.