Winds are rising but fish abound
AS expected the super moon this week brought good fortune to anglers making the most of the conditions.
Generally the next four days after a full moon are conducive to good fishing too, so that means tomorrow (Friday) is part of that happy time.
However, the wind is predicted to pick up a lot and the weekend should see 20-25 knot southerlies which will mess up conditions .
So for those with smaller boats it means sticking quite close to shore, or going up the rivers.
Matt Graham at Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach is a bit weary after a heroic series of 2am starts off the boat ramp, taking advantage of that big moon and the northerlies this week. By 8 or 9 am he’s done and off to work, having nailed a stack of fish. “It’s been crazy,” he said. “We had four trips out in the last week, doing the inshore wrecks and reefs, and the wonky holes.
“Leading into the warmer months a lot of the offshore fish come in to do their breeding, and we hit those inshore marks – they’re only 10 minutes away from the boat ramp.
“We have had some fantastic fish in the past week,” Matt said.
“Nannygai, red emperor, cobia, Spanish mackerel, and suprisingly we were catching gold band snapper.
“Usually you get them in 70m of water so it’s quite unusual to get them in 19m of water,” Matt said. “I’ve never seen them in this depth of water before.”
These snapper were in good numbers and a bunch ended up in his fridge – they’re a hard fighting fish and even better table fish, according to Matt.
“They’re one of the tastiest chewing fish in the water, I reckon.”
He said the tides in the next few days were very good for anglers after jacks and fingermark in the rivers and creeks.
Matt encourages readers to have a look at the Bransfords facebook page, which has a wealth of useful material.
The team at the shop share a lot of info about what they’ve been doing on the water. Unlike many fishos, they don’t mind giving out accurate details. “I don’t keep any secrets – I tell them where I was, what I was using, everything,” says Honest Matt.
“We like to tell them everything, no secrets.”