Neap tides perfect for fingermark
THIS weekend is shaping up as a beauty for fingermark fishing in the Far North.
Neap tides, on the back of this week’s full moon, are expected to bring calmer conditions to the region after several days of quite strong southeasterly winds.
Matt Graham of Bransfords Discount Tackle Shop, Clifton Beach, said the slack water would be ideal for fingermark, a slow maturing fish, particularly around Port Douglas and the Daintree.
“The winds haven’t been as nice this week, the offshore fishermen aren’t that happy, but inshore is still really good,” he said.
“The neap tides will start around Friday, and in conjunction with calm weather, should allow for perfect fishing.
“The fingermark should be out and about, and weekend anglers will love it.
“Live squid and sardines are their favourite bait, and they taste even better than mangrove jack.”
Big barra are also out and about in force, according to Mr Graham, and anglers are ready for action.
He said a huge barra that had washed up on Holloways Beach last week after being attacked by a 1shark (pictured below) had sparked plenty of local discussion.
About half a dozen people enjoying end-of-week drinks at Strait on the Beach at Holloways Beach late Friday afternoon first spotted the 1.2m long barra leaping out of the water several times, and watched the drama unfold about 100m offshore.
“There are heaps of metreplus barra near the beaches and headlands, a lot of big fish are breeding at the moment,” Mr Graham said.
Julian Weimar of Nautical Marine Sales, Port Douglas, said big recent tides had made for great fishing at shire river mouths and estuaries.
“The tides have been pushing everything up into the mangroves.
“That’s where a lot of the barra have been hiding,” he said.
ABOVE: Steven hit the water with Dave’s Daintree Fishing and managed to hook this beautiful Queenfish.
RIGHT: Port Douglas angler Jesse Wakefield, 17, was stoked with this 107cm barra.
BELOW: Dan McCormack with a beautiful nannygai.
Jacques Aubin, 4, with the remains of a 1.2m long barramundi that was attacked by a large shark about 100m offshore at Holloways Beach.