Perfection on reef won’t last
A COUPLE of beautiful days at last have seen magical conditions for fishermen sick of the chop and spray in the past few weeks.
Fishos have been dragging in good catches from offshore, especially coral trout. Monday was particularly good, judging by reports on social media.
People with boats that can get to further spots such as Opal, Rudder, and the back edges of Batt and St Crispins have been doing well.
There’s been salmon off the jetties, and with less rain diluting salt content the Spanish mackerel have been returning to waters around Snapper Island. They hate fresh water.
There’s lots of live reef around Snapper, so fishos who can get out there will find trout, all the reef species, and school mackerel.
The marlin are still conspicuously lacking numbers and seem pretty well spread about.
Lakefield has been going well with barramundi.
But the wind is forecast to pick up again by late week, just in time to make it unpleasant for anyone in a 4m boat longing to get offshore – around 20 knots by Saturday.
The tides will provide a good bit of run, however.
Troy Ashworth at Bransfords Discount Tackle in Clifton Beach said the higher winds means he will go looking for jacks.
Troy plans to fish the Daintree River early next week to try out his skip casting technique.
Fishing circles have been abuzz with this latest concept, which involves skipping lures underneath overhanging vegetation.
The Daintree River has plenty of good mangrove growths where you can perfect this technique – using a spinning reel to skip soft plastics right over the heads of mangrove jacks.
“It works particularly well on jacks,” said Troy. “It’s just been around for the past few months and everyone’s getting into it.”
He’s tried it once before on barra up in Lakefield and found it worked well enough. “I’m keen to trying it in saltwater now,” he said. “Everyone’s got different lures they like to use. One guy recommended Z Man Pop Shadz which were effective for skip casting. I tried it and went from skipping three or four feet to about a 10-foot skip now.”