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EXPECT strong winds at the weekend, especially on Sunday. But, says Matt Graham at Bransfords Discount Tackle in Clifton Beach, “it’s still fishable and coming off the neap tides we had earlier in the week we are starting to get the bigger runs in the tides.
“I’d probably be looking at the headlands and out in front of the rivers, and the inlets – there’s a lots of small mackerel around, just right for an early morning session before the wind gets up. Those spotty and grey mackerel. It’s still nice in the mornings until you get a few miles out,” Matt said.
All this wind is to be expected this time of year. July and August are probably our two windiest times of year.
“But they are some of the best fishing months of the year – it’s just that the windy conditions slow us down. The cooler water brings on a lot of different species – your mackerel runs and the fishing for red emperor and nannygai are at its best. And that’s when the small marlin turn up.”
Matt says they have arrived and people are out there catching them, though numbers of fishos are down because of the breeze, which by the way has already led to the cancellation of a major fishing contest.
“A lot of the charter boats cancel when it’s that windy.”
Matt says there’s nothing stopping any humble fisho from having a crack at a small marlin. They may be encountered from 15 km offshore, half way to the reef. They’re are in those inshore paddocks.
They’ll be feeding on garfish and mullet around the islands, especially garfish, and yellowtail and fusiliers, swallowing them up like jelly beans.
“You don’t need a fancy boat or fancy set up to go and do it,” says Matt. “Just a bit of local info which we can certainly help with [at Bransfords], being in the right spot at the right time, what to look for . . . just the little things.
“Some of our guys go out there fishing the big competitions and they’re just using their normal river gear, the stuff we catch barras and jacks with. This is all stand up fishing, light line . . .
“If you were fishing in a river and you hooked up a metre-long barra, that’s going to fight a lot harder than a small marlin, that’s for sure.
“You don’t have to be a certain type of fisherman or whatever – anyone can go out and target these fish.”