A chance to head offshore
THE winds will be abating in time for the weekend, which means a long-awaited opportunity for the smaller boats to get out amongst it on the reef, as well as inshore.
In fact, Saturday is looking really nice, with expected winds of 5 knots. Sunday will be OK, but perhaps with winds getting up in the afternoon.
Troy from Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach said those who can now venture out there might be able to pick up some mackerel, which are due about now.
“We haven’t had many reports of the macks out there yet, but no one’s been out there. I’ve heard reports of them around Palm Cove even though it’s been dirty and rough. So I’d say they’d be on the chew.”
There will be a bit of swell around, the residue of the past week or so, but smaller boats will do fine around the inshore reefs and wrecks.
Given the opportunity at last, it’s a chance to leave the rivers and get offshore, although the rivers have been fishing well, according to Troy.
Troy has heard a couple of reports on small marlin, which would mean they’re coming in early. Coral trout have also been on the chew, on Arlington Reef, plus nannies and reds.
When it comes to fishing the streams after all this rain, you need to “go deeper”, said Troy.
The fresh water sits on top and a lot of the true saltwater fish don’t like that zone and “they’ll go deeper to more salinity”.
The rain brings the barramundi on because it washes a lot of food such as insects into the streams.
“All the river fish will be biting,” said Troy, “you’ve just got to find the run off and the colour change.
“Many people think fish go off the bite when it rains, because they don’t find fish where they normally go.
“But when it rains the fish move into the bottom of the drains where the creeks and streams are flowing into, at the point where the water is changing colour when it’s raining.”
He has also heard reports the prawns are firing up again – which means salmon will be coming around looking for a feed. So head for the mouths of the rivers, he reckons.
Sounds like plenty of good fishing ahead.