Winds let up, time to go out
AT last the winds have died down somewhat, making for pretty good fishing conditions and allowing the possibility of fishing on the outer reefs.
Predictions are for winds up to around 15 knots up to the weekend, having been revised upwards from earlier forecasts this week.
It’s a welcome change from the very strong winds in the past few weeks.
“It should be a reasonable weekend, with various options,” said Andrew Rich at Bransfords in Clifton Beach.
“People have been going to the outer reef all week and it’s going pretty well.
“The mackerel have turned up in good schools, and there’s still a lot of nannygai and coral trout. Those little inshore reefs that everyone can fish – there’s plenty of the little school mackerel on them at the moment.
“Where there’s one there’s lots!”
He said the emphasis may switch from the estuaries to the beaches and the reefs.
“You’ve got to take advantage of it, it’s been so long since we’ve had a break in the weather.
“We’re coming up to a big moon, big tides, lots of bait moving around, bigger fish moving around.
“The beaches and river mouths have been doing alright with fingermark.
“I’ve heard lots of reports from the Daintree of fingermark – they’re not huge inshsore but any fingermark is a good fish.”
Andrew said the cooling water meant the barramundi are startling to slow down a bit.
“They are still there and they still eat every day, they’re just a bit more lethargic.
“In winter time you have to wake them up but they are still there.
“In fact if anything it’s easier because they’re not moving around so much!”
He said barras are well dispersed at the moment.
“If you want to target them, toss some live bait into a snag or some structure and I guarantee you’re going to find something in there.”
Julian Weimar at Nautical Marine Sales in Port Douglas says red emperor and large nannygai have been fishing well offshore.
The barras are still feeding around the marina.
People are catching finermark in the wonky holes and around Snapper Island.