Reef looks good for weekend
THE weekend is shaping up as a beauty, with light winds that will entice many fishos out to the Reef to make the most of it.
The fin fish are back on and anglers can expect the reds to be back in the action, said Julian Weimar at Nautical Marine Sales in Port Douglas. “The fin fish are starting to stack up and they should be starting to feed again.
“A lot of people have been getting macks and your yellow fin are shooting through as well – a few people have been getting them closer in.”
Many anglers target them with skirted pushers, but they’ll target anything, Julian said, such as diving lures and poppers. “I’ve caught yellow fin on poppers for GTs,” he said.
Closer to shore, conditions will also be favourable – the tides are neapish, in contrast last weekend’s considerable tidal run which played havoc with fishermen’s bait being moved around in the current.
Julian said the beach fishing should be good too. Fingermark and salmon are worth targetting in the estuaries now, along with mangrove jack and similar. “It’s been really good,” he said. “This is probably the best time of year for beach and estuary fishing.”
Off Four Mile Beach people have been getting grunter, trevally, and the occasional fingermark in the deeper spots, plus queenfish and the other mainstays.
“The weekend’s going to be awesome,” said Troy Ashworth of Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach. He’ll be heading up to the Bloomfield, to the western side of Pickersgill Reef. “The further north you go the better the fishing is,” he said.
He said the combination of tidal run in the mornings with neapish tides late in the day presents fishos with good options.
“You can fish a lot of run in the morning or if you’ve got a deeper hole you want to fish you can do that in the evening.
“There’s lots of spots on the reef where there’s good fishing but there’s too much run, so you could fish those spots. Or those spots in the rivers where there’s holes and fingermarks, you can’t do them if there’s too much run. So you could do them. And the jetty pylons, just flicking them – you can do that on the neap tides.”
Reports of crabs have been good. The lack of rain in the last little while means they are moving around again.