Moon and big tides a fun run
THESE are interesting days for local fishers, especially if they have a hankering for pelagics.
The very big tides and now the “dark” moon for the next few nights are a deadly combination to pull in the pelagics to the shores.
Anyone casting from the shoreline or heading out toward the reef – it’s going to be a bit blowy but not too bad – can do well, says Matt Graham down at Bransford’s Tackle in Clifton Beach.
The southerly winds will gather strength, up to 15 knots for the rest of this week and the weekend, so the conditions won’t be so calm and pretty. But the fishing should be pretty rewarding.
“Mackerel like a dark moon and a big run, the big tides,” says Matt Graham. “We get these big tides this time of year.
“Generally on the darker moon you’ll catch more pelagics than on a full moon.
“For the next four days we’ll have good tides and then on Sunday it starts on the neap tides again.”
He says the conditions will be right for school mackerel off the jetties and small Spanish mackerel, which have been plentiful off the coast in recent days.
The tides would be perfect for that sort of fishing in the next few days, he reckons. “For the early morning crew you can have a bit of that fishing before the winds sits up too much.”
He says with the big run in the past two weeks the reef fishing has been good, with red emperor, nannygai and coral trout in the thick of it.
“It was quiet four weeks ago, it was tough, but the last seven days it’s been very good,” he says.
Harry Walker of Nautical Marine Sales in Port Douglas likes the outlook until Sunday. Fishing out of the river mouths for pelagics (the moon, big tides) should be good.
Off Wonga Beach this week there was a good catch of barra and tarpon he says.
“The rain will be bringing the barramundi out of their dormant stage,” he says, “they’re a bit more active and bit more aggressive toward your lures.”
The barra fishing was hard until a week ago. The rain has helped a lot though.
At the weekend he’s heading up the Daintree River to Mud Island, looking for barra and mangrove jack. I’M from Victoria and do lots of fishing in Port Philip Bay. I live in Werribee and the bay is about 10 km away. I’ve got a small tinnie. Two fish that stick in my mind are a five-foot gummy shark and a 7.5 kg snapper – that was caught when I was fishing for whiting.
I was using a bit of mussel, it was about 4 metres of water, and about 7 am.
When this fish struck I thought I thought it was a stingray and I had fair bit of trouble getting it in. It took most of the line out, which is why I thought it was a ray.
It had a nice hump head and was nearly a metre long.
The gummy shark I caught on squid two years ago off Point Cook. That was a good fight. I knew it was a gummy. We usually catch a few squid and then come inshore a bit when we’re after gummies.
Around October to November it’s really good for gummy sharks in the bay.
It was about 40 lb – yeah, a big fish. A lot of flake on it!
TOP: Good on you Bryce – this trevally wins you the Combined Club’s $50 voucher (caught with Dave’s Daintree Fishing Charters). MIDDLE: Tommo with a small mouth nannygai, caught with Cooktown Barra Charters. BOTTOM: Also with Cooktown Barra Charters, Bob reeled in this giant herring.