Rain and wind on the way
MORE wet and windy weather is on the way, making the fishing at the end of the week a matter of the estuaries and streams rather than offshore.
“There’s nothing wrong with them,” says Matt Graham of Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach.
He says reports from the Daintree River and Four Mile Beach are that there are still good numbers of fingermark, especially off the beach, and plenty of “rat” barra in the river.
He’s just back from Lakefield National Park and reckons that’s the place to go.
“Everyone’s planning to go up there,” he says.
It’s open now for fishing all the way to the Wet Season or Christmas.
It opened slightly earlier this year.
Matt says the drive, about four hours from Port Douglas, is pretty easy.
The road’s in great shape, he says.
The last hour or so is dirt, but it’s in good nick, even though they’ve had lots of rain this year.
“You can get a two-wheel drive in there at the moment,” Matt says.
The place is full of barramundi.
With a few lads from the fishing store they caught about 60 barra on Monday, which they then released.
They visit dozens of times per year and often it’s just a day trip, he says.
“If people are after another option, why not do that?” he says.
“Lakefield is one of those places you don’t need a boat, you don’t need fancy equipment, you don’t have to worry about the wind or rain . . . anyone can go up there and catch fish.”
He says beside the barra there are catfish, tarpon, jacks, and archer fish.
“I love it up there. Anyone can do it.
“It’s not private property or anything. You just go online and make a booking, and it’s cheap enough.
“When it’s like this at the weekend, I tell people that’s a great option.”
Julian Weimar at Nautical Marine Sales in Port Douglas says the inlet has been OK, just regular stuff for this time of year.
He says the winter species are coming on so it’s necessary to know what tackle will work best.