Get that winning advantage
FINGERS crossed that the weather outlook of 10-15 knot winds holds for the entire weekend.
There’s plenty of tide run at the moment so on the current weather pattern the conditions should suit just about everyone, whether heading offshore or up the estuaries and streams. “It just depends what you want to target, I guess,” said Matt Graham of Bransfords Discount Tackle down in Clifton Beach.
He said there is still plenty of mackerel, and the small marlin, and the bigger marlin are starting to turn up also.
Inshore the winter river fish species like brim and grunter are still around.
Lure fishermen have been doing alright on the barras and jacks since the weather started warming up, Matt said.
“It’s been warming up nicely. That water temperature was 26deg when I was out there there other day.”
The changing seasons and hence changing water temperatures mean fishermen providing themselves with the right data have an edge.
A good quality sounder and transducer can provide readings on the temperatures of different layers in the water column, which has implications for what species you might be able to target.
“You’ll see different temperatures on your sounder and usually you’ll see bait fish and predators,” said Matt.
Wonky holes, for example. The cooler, fresh water coming out of these make them a hang out spot for small creatures and bait fish, which lures largers ones like fusiliers, and they bring in the bigger predators.
Matt said if you can use your gear to find these changes in water temperature where there is usually fish, you can be much more efficient on the day. It could save you time and distance.
And that matters because contrary to what some people might think, fish aren’t on the bite all day, no more than people are (well, most people anyway).
So you have a limited time to hit the target. Having good gear and being familiar with it and proficient in its use means a fisherman is going to maximise their chances of success.
A little black and white sounder from the ’90s is not going to cut it these days.
It would pay to go and see the marine specialists, ask questions and come out weaponised.