It’s getting close to prime time
A couple of decent dumps of rain have given the rivers a bit of a flush, though plenty more is needed, fishos say, to make for the fairly inadequate rainfall of the past few Wet Seasons.
Speaking of the Daintree River, Dave Patterson of Dave’s Daintree Fishing Charters says “it really needs a big flush out”.
“We haven’t had a flood for a few years. There’s lots of weed in the river. It’s not normal, what’s happened in the past few years.”
Lately, he says, “I haven’t been fishing in the river hardly at all.”
Taking clients out offshore, he drops off the odd crab pot on the way but the pickings have been lean.
Another thing affected by a few years of low rainfall, he reckons.
But out at Snapper and when fishing the wreck in the shipping channel, there is plenty going on.
“It’s just better to take people out there when you can,” he says.
Out there he’s been catching coral trout, nannygai and there are still Spanish mackerel around.
And around the wreck the sharks put on quite a show for the visitors. “They love it,” says Dave.
Bull sharks, whalers and the odd tiger shark like to help themselves to the catch – it’s not uncommon to reel in a trevally with a big bite out of it, or the fish bitten in half.
“There’s lots and lots of sharks around,” says Dave. “They get their share.”
Dylan Case down at Nautical Marine Sales in Port Douglas says the rain so far has done a bit to flush out the creeks and streams.
He’s been fishing up the Mossman River and other waterways locally.
It’s a great time for jacks, he says.
“There’s plenty of them in the snags.”
Dylan says the mouths of the rivers are productive at the moment, thanks to a lot of jelly prawns and baitfish fry such as baby mullet getting around, drawing in fish like tarpon, little queenfish, salmon, and giant trevally.
He thinks in the next couple of weeks the bigger predators will start showing up.
Then we’ll be in fishing prime time, absolutely one of the best times of the year for fishing.