Looking good for weekend
MODERATE winds of 5-10 knots are predicted for the weekend, which apart from the odd rain squall means conditions are going to be rather good for fishing.
But do be alert to the squalls – anyone in a tinnie can discover themselves suddenly battling 15 knot headwinds with the sea state decidedly uncomfortable.
“We went out this morning to the second wreck (off Cairns), it was supposed to be 5-10 knots, but we were heading into 10-15 knot winds from the north,” said Troy Ashworth of Bansford’s Tackle in Cairns.
“When we were fishing it calmed down a little bit and then by the time we came to work we were heading into 15-20 coming from the south.
“The wind comes from the same direction as the rain.
“We knew it was going to be patchy, by looking at the radar before we left.”
Matt Graham caught a 9kg nannygai; Troy got a 9kg gold spot cod. “We dropped a couple of cobia — one about 15 kilo — and a couple of nannies.”
Regarding other fishing, Troy said he thought all the rain may be setting up a good run of prawns. “It should be pretty soon,” he said.
There are a lot of giant trevally around: “we’re getting a lot of reports of them, they’re getting them off the jetties”.
At this time of year the bigger salmon are getting around in places like Cooya Beach. “The bigger breeders come in from around 5km offshore,” Troy said, “and move around the mouths of the rivers.”
The bigger live mullet work well for catching these.
Oddly enough, there are reports of tons of grunter off the flats lately (normally a winter species).
Some good queenfish should be expected for this time of year, he said, in places like the Sugar Wharf and the public pontoon on Dickson Inlet.
Cast slugs and poppers for them, he recommends.
If people are chasing nannies or reds he recommends 50-60m of water and around the wonky holes.
The big dumps of rain are just what’s needed to foster the breeding cycle of the barramundi.
“From what I’ve heard over the years,” says Troy, “one big dump of rain and three years later there’s good barra.”