Weather is set to improve
THE weather’s not been very kind but boaties with a bit of shelter on their vessel have been doing well enough if they take to the water.
River species have been the main focus, but with the weather outlook improving the weekend is a good prospect for those wanting to get offshore.
It’s going to be around 15 knots wind by the weekend, which is a considerable improvement, and the following week is decidedly better still. At last.
People have been chasing jacks, barra and grunter too, in the streams and estuaries.
“We’ve had good reports of grunter,” said Matt Graham at Bransfords Tackle down in Clifton Beach.
“Grunter are a very hard hitting fish, they don’t pick or nibble at your bait, they just whack it and run.
“They’re good at hooking themselves. And they like a reasonable sized bait too. Don’t put a little prawn out there.
“Grunter work the flats,” said Matt, “where you get a lot of bait fish, your prawns and crustaceans, whatever.”
A large gunter checks in at a couple of kilos, “and pound for pound they are a very hard fighting fish. The winter especially is when they are in bigger numbers.
Some of the fishing shops have been busy fitting out fishos who are setting up for the series of light tackle marlin competitions that take place up and down the coast in our region. Yorkey’s Knob, Fitzroy Island, Innisfail, Townsville – there a competition somewhere over the weekends for nearly a month.
Most of the competitions are club based. “We’ve been seeing a lot of people buying stuff and getting ready for it,” said Matt, “making rigs, getting their baits ready and preparing their boats.
“There’s a LOT of preparation for these comps.
“It would be three quarters preparation and one quarter fishing, fair dinkum.”
There’s cash prizes and always on the night, a calcutta.
Otherwise, the attention is mostly on mackerel for most fishos.
Fraser Cotton, at Nautical Marine in Port Douglas, said the recent rain will help conditions just off the estuaries, with more fish at the heads than up the rivers and creeks.