Wind and neap tides will prevail
THE combination for the near outlook is for clear weather, with colder minimum temperatures perhaps even below yearly averages, and plenty of breeze during the days. The neap tides will prevail over the weekend.
The cooling water is bringing winter species on to the bite, so anyone looking to dip a line in the next few days can be thinking about good flathead, jacks and grunter if they fish in the streams.
Those out before dawn can use the morning calm to good effect and travel further offshore. It’s like a pond up to a couple of kilometres offshore in the early mornings.
“There’s a lot of queenfish and trevally running along the beaches,” said Matt Graham at Bransfords Discount Tackle in Clifton Beach.
“I know a lot of guys who toss surface lures around off the coast and off the headlands and they’re getting some bloody good-sized queenfish,” he said.
If you’re getting queenfish up to and around a metre long, “they’re a very good fish,” Matt said.
“With queenfish they’ll give a lot of length because they’re skinny fish. They’re one of the best sport fish in our waters – very acrobatic, a speed demon, they zip and dart all over the place. Handling one of them you need a lot of luck.
“You don’t need heavy tackle or specialist stuff, there’s a bit of luck if they’re going to run around structures or whatever. That’s why we fish a lot of surface lures. With those you’ve got that head start on them!
“With queenfish you don’t get a lot of choice of tactics – they’re going to dictate the fight to you.
“That’s why they’re such a popular sport fish – you blink and they’re doing something different!
“They jump and leap all over the place – awesome fun.”
Like the trevally, eaten fresh they aren’t bad at all, but queenfish don’t freeze well.
The Bransfords guys went out on Tuesday targeting small black marlin. Had no luck with those but there were plenty of small mackerel, and adding to the pleasure of the day there were sightings of dolphins and a small pod of whales.
With the neap tides starting Friday-Saturday, the lure and soft plastic fishermen will have a better chance to present their lures.