Night on the reef to start catch
THE weekend is shaping up well for fishos.
In fact, here’s how Matt Graham of Bransfords Discount Tackle in Clifton Beach sees it: “Friday night is looking good for the overnight red fishermen, and Saturday morning mackerel fishermen will be happy.”
That’s kind of code for the fact that tomorrow night is a prime time for night fishermen targetting red emperor and nannygai, due to the wind backing off a lot and making conditions very conducive.
Anglers keen on this will be heading to the outer reef, fishing on the edge around 50-plus metres deep for the red emperor; nannygai can be had in shallower waters.
But seeing the wind is forecast to pick up on Saturday morning, Matt reckons that’s the time for the mackerel – “good tides, nearer moon, there’s no reason why there shouldn’t be plenty of mackerel around”.
There’s also a lot of boats in Cairns gee’d up for black marlin too following the Yorkey’s Knob and Fitzroy Islands competitions.
Matt says there was plenty of fish caught but conditions were not favourable for the Yorkeys comp, as winds got up to 30 knots and the last day was cancelled.
Due to the wind, most of the fishing talk has been about the rivers. Matt says there’s been good catches of jacks and barras. “Most of the lure fishermen have been getting them on lures,” he says.
Sunday is probably going to be a river fishing day.
The price of crabs has gone up, so presumably demand is has too, though action on the crabbing seems subdued.
It’s been a warm winter, so the barra have never really gone off the bite. Now that spring is officially here there is typically warmer weather and less wind, so expect the barra to be getting around in the build up to the breeding season.
Julian Weimar of Nautical Marine Sales in Port Douglas says barramundi are starting to come back out and are feeding up actively.
Lakefield and the freshwater spots have been producing barra, as well as the river mouths at Mossman Heads and Newell.
They are in good numbers on the Daintree River, with a few examples around 80cm mark.