Big rainfall shakes it up for fishos
IT’S been a happy new year, weather-wise, says Matt Graham down at Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach. That’s thanks to the rain. “It’s been great,” Matt said. “It stirs everything up a lot. There’s been plenty of weather and plenty of fish – you can’t complain.
“It’s been stirring up the prawns, the mud crabs, they’ve been on the go.”
Matt said the fresh water had pushed the jelly prawns and crabs out into the river mouths and offshore in search of saltier water.
That makes it a happy hunting ground off the beaches and headlands for the predator fish - and fishos.
“They’re easier to find out there on the flats, or the river mouths, or the feeder creeks, flushing out into the saltwater.”
Queenfish, permit, the dart, salmon – “all those pelagic, mid water surface feeding fish, they’re smashing them along the beaches at the moment.
“The kids are going out and having a ball catching little mackerel, wolf fish, and trevally . . . anywhere around the rocks, jetties and beaches up to Port Douglas.”
According to Matt, there are now good blue salmon and the odd threadfin, he said, up to 1.5 metres. “The threadfins are the trophy fish of the moment. There’s been some big ones caught lately.”
Get yourself a cast net and get some live bait if you fancy a battle with a threadfin.
“Fresh is best with those things,” Matt reiterated. “That’s why they patrol the beaches – they’re looking for a nice fresh feed.
“A bit of stinky piece of squid or old prawn is not going to cut it.”
Threadfin don’t muck around - they hit the bait and then they run hard.
“They don’t give up, either,” said Matt. “Most people lose them right at the end, trying to pull them up on the beaches. Salmon go to the very end.”
Matt said you need to back the drop off as you are trying to land one.
“The closer it comes the less drag you need on. You don’t need to be putting that pressure on when it’s right at your feet. Then you’ve got a much better chance of landing them.”
We’ll start to see some king tides soon.
“The next set is going to be a cracker,” Matt said.