Let it rain, lots more needed
MUCH appreciated as it is, the rains have yet to flush out the rivers sufficiently to set up the fishing season this year.
Perhaps big falls in the next day or two will help, but according to Julian Weimar at Nautical Marine Sales in Port Douglas, we need another one or two major rain events to ensure the water systems receive the desired amount of fresh water that activates fish stocks in their breeding and their movement.
“The main creeks have had a good flush out but we need more for the rivers,” he says.
There have been immediate benefits from what we’ve had so far in the past week, making up somewhat for a dry start to the year.
“A lot of those sort of billabongs are pumping out with the fresh water flowing into the Daintree, and flushing out the bait fish, the mud cod and so on,” Julian says. “The barra will sit on the edge of the drains and as they’re flushed out the barra will nab them.”
He said there are four or five drains just up from the boat ramp on the Daintree,pumping out dirty water. “You can look for a bit of a colour change and fish along there,” Julian said. In the latest rains he’s been fishing around the streams and creeks around Whyanbeel, for jungle perch. The rain has invigorated them considerably and he caught about 25 in an hour or so at the weekend.
“All the creeks are up and high. It was a good little session. Before that they had been shutting down and dormant because of the lack of rain.”
Matt Graham of Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach said the wet weather had pushed a lot of prawns out, “anywhere there is a creek or river”.
The shop’s been doing good business selling nets – “it’s always a good sign, it says there’s a lot of prawns around”.
There’s also still lots of stingers around so anyone chucking a net in needs to bear that in mind.
He said the rain “had stirred things up and in the last three days we have weighed in two big barra – one at 1.3m and the other 1.25m. The people keen enough to stand in the rain are getting some good results”.
He said the barra season had been good this year, with some large fish in the action.
The weekend looks poor for the offshore guys. “It’s going to be a river and coastal style of weekend,” he said.