Too windy so shift to estuaries
EVERYONE had their chance to get to the reef in the past week or so, and it was certainly a busy place.
But now we’re heading into windy days, with a few showers about too.
You can probably forget about the blue water for now, as 25 knot winds prevail into early next week at least.
That means the estuaries and river mouths are the place to go, says Andrew Rich of Bransford Tackle in Clifton Beach.
From tomorrow (Friday) until Monday the tides are favourable for wetting a line, and the moon at the quarter phase working up to the full moon is helpful too.
“It’s a good tide for barra and there’s plenty of fingermark and salmon getting around in the rivers and river mouths.
“The boys have been doing very well on the salmon and fingermark lately, the charter guys have been saying.
“I would definitely be looking at the river mouths and with that little bit of rain we’ve had there might be a few prawns around. “They’d be ideal bait. “That’s usually why you get a lot of salmon in the rivers.
“Live prawns, large sardines – they’ll go for those,” Andrew said.
“Give them good-sized bait, a big eating table-type prawn. The better you present your bait the better you will do.
“You have to give them something that’s what they naturally eat.”
Julian Weimar at Nautical Marine Sales in Port Douglas said the windy outlook meant it was time to fish the freshwater for species like sooty grunter and jungle perch.
One of the guys at the shop had been having a reasonable time off the Sugar Wharf, catching this and that – grunter, barracuda, etc.
We’re starting to get the cooler month species now — grunter, flathead, brim and whiting — until about AugustSeptember.
It’s a good time to chase flatheads.
“There’s plenty in the estuaries around Newell, brim and flathead and things like that,” Julian said.
“Use a small sinker and a bit of prawn.
“I do a lot of luring. They’re definitely around.”
Off the banks you’re reeling in to shallow water toward your fish. THE best fish I ever caught was recently, in April.
It was a mangrove jack. We’re staying at a caravan park and had been coming down here to the wharf for ages, but basically just feeding the fish!
Anyway, this time, it was in the golden hour, and I had turned away to talk to some backpackers and I saw the rod move.
I grabbed it and hauled in a good mangrove jack.
I knew it was a mangrove jack. It felt really heavy but on the scales it was only a couple of kilograms.
Then it was back to the BBQ.
I’m from Belgium and I never used to fish back there.
We’ve also caught lots of brim from the wharf, but under sized, and a queenfish. We lose a bit of line, probably when we’ve hooked a ray.
It’s a great spot to fish down here – the view is amazing.
TOP: John with a golden spot trevally, caught Dave’s Daintree Fishing Charters. MIDDLE: Merv with an 18 kg gold spot cod, caught with Tom Nevins’ Cooktown Barra Charters. BOTTOM: Merv again, with two 4 kg coral trout.