Sunday is pick of the weekend
EXPECT strong winds next weekend, and a combination of tidal run and moon that mean you should focus on inshore fishing.
“It’s going to be a good time to go an early morning, around 5:30 until around 8am,” said Andrew Rich at Bransford tackle in Clifton Beach.
“Off jetties, off the beaches, in the estuaries.
“The wind is going to be an absolute blow out – on Saturday/Sunday you’re looking at almost up to 25 knots, so you’re going to need a big boat if you want to go outside.
“But to be honest, it’s going to be tides for estuaries anyway.
“You’ve got a three-tider on the Sunday, which is part of the build up to the big tides coming with the new moon on the Thursday (April 7).
“There will be building tides leading up to that — neapish tides, with not too much movement in them.
“The three-tider coming this Sunday, they are personal favourites of all of us here at the shop.
“It’s about four days before the full moon. So we always say, four days before, or four days after. These are always three-tiders, with three tides in a day.
“These make more opportunities for bite times, and with the neapish tides, with less tidal run, you’re going to have longer bite times as well.
“Instead of a 10-minute bite time you get with a big turn of the tide, with a smaller tide you might get 20 minutes.
“It’s good for flat fishing, because not having that much difference in run can allow you to pinpoint target areas over the flat but it’s also a good time to cast at snags as well.
“Sunday would most definitely be my pick of the days to go estuary fishing.”
Andrew said he always favours dawn and dusk for fishing times – “it’s that temperature change.
“I always fish my barometer change. You can almost pick a barometer change by the up and down of the sun.”
Julian Weimar at Nautical Marine Sales in Port Douglas said last weekend had been windy but there had been reasonable fishing inshore, including catches of flathead, some brim, and some smaller barramundi.
Given the winds this weekend he’s likely to fish the rainforest streams for jungle perch this weekend.