Winds will pick up, so fish inshore
IT’S going to get blowy and decidedly unsettled, especially if you were thinking of heading a fair way out.
Winds upwards of 15 knots will kick in today and by the weekend will be a healthy 20 knots or so, backing off to about 15 knots by Monday. Not much rain is forecast, just the odd shower.
It means the action is likely to be closer to shore – along the beaches and in the rivers.
The rain has brought the prawns into play, so you could do well around Newell Beach and Cooya if you have a cast net.
“And the barra and salmon will be following them,” says Troy.
The dirty water from the latest rain means Dickson Inlet generally is not fishing so well, says Troy Ashworth at Bransford Tackle in Clifton Beach, but the Mowbray, Mossman and Daintree rivers would definitely be worth a try.
As for himself, he’s going to the Bloomfield River this weekend chasing salmon. He’ll be catching prawns for live bait around the river mouth.
“I wouldn’t be going up riv- ers much, with all that rain it’s making a lot of water come down the rivers, so it would be hard to navigate.
“The lower parts of the rivers will produce better and be easier to fish as well.
“I reckon Mossman River, Cooya Beach and Newell Beach will be the hot spots near Port Douglas.
“They shoud still be getting a lot of queenfish off the flats and rocks around Dickson Inlet,” he said.
Harry Walker at Nautical Marine Sales says he’d be targeting the estuaries and off the beach, especially around the turning of the tide.
“The river might be getting quite dirty by the weekend.” he says.
The river fishing “will be alright”, he thinks, but none of it will be as good as the past few weeks across the fishing spots.
Hot days and the rain will “definitely have stirred the barramundi up,” he says.
“They like the hotter weather; when it’s cold they’re a bit sleepier.”
He has heard of good catches of big barras, especially at the mouth of the inlet.
“They’ve been sight fishing them,” he says.