Don’t fret, barra back on soon
THE wind is coming up for the rest of the week and the weekend, round about 10-15 knots, which means the conditions will still be fishable, though considerably less conducive than in recent days.
The westerlies and northerlies have made the water rather warm, as much as 33 deg, says Matt Graham at Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach.
“It’s been not so much fishing weather but good boating weather,” he said.
The clearer water means you have to work a lot harder.
Fish will be heading out of it to the cooler waters. Smarter fishos will be fishing in the deeper and cooler channels which have good current, making for cooler water temps.
“Lots of guys will head out to the Continental Shelf,” Matt said.
There’s still a lot of dolphinfish, wahu, and dogtooth tuna getting around out wide at the moment, being the main target species.
“There’s good dogtooth tuna around. They’re one of the premium eating fish,” Matt said.
“Not many people catch them. They’re very hard on tackle. They test a lot of tackle out. They’ve got a mouth full of canine-like teeth. “And it’s a big mouth too.” To target one of these you need to have high quality tackle and be ready in every regard. “They’re tackle destroyers. When they bite, it’s really on,” said Matt. “They’re the ultimate animals of the seas, these things.
“They’re very powerful. Tuna normally have a predictable fight – you know they’re going to go deep, and they’ll go in a circle.
“Whereas dogtooth tuna go sidways, out, down, left, right, all over the place.
“It’s like a really big shark on the end of your line.”
Most of those caught around Cairns are in the 20-80 lb range but they can get much bigger.
Matt said fishing has been good along the headlands between Cairns and Port Douglas. Good salmon are being caught, and lots of queenfish -“thanks to our netting rules, I’m pretty sure”.
And of course everyone is getting their tackle ready for the opening of the barramundi season, at midday February 1. Without the region having had much of a Wet Season, washing feed into the waterways, the barra should be hungry . . .