Everything works for the fisho
THE barramundi ban has ended, and as it happens the conditions are prime this weekend for anglers to go and target this marvellous and prized species.
In fact, the combination of tides (lots of run), moon, and weather (rainy, windy) means everything is pretty much stacked in the fishos’ favour, says Troy Ashworth of Bransfords Tackle down in Clifton Beach.
“Better to go chasing barra this weekend than anything else,” he says.
Fishing conditions are also prime today (February 2) and tomorrow.
For those who have to wait till the weekend, here’s what Troy recommends:
For chasing barra, you could hit the low and incoming tides between 9 and 11am at the river mouths or if you’re feeling a bit adventurous and not too afraid of the crocodiles you could go just before midnight on Saturday.
“Try to use surface lures. The barra should be boofing (ie, hitting the surface), feeding on the bait on the surface.” (See Tip of the Week).
Normally you get a lot of barramundi off the headlands, then when the big rains come they head up the rivers.
“I love fishing the rocks at those high tides – but just be careful because it’s slippery from the rain,” said Troy.
You can’t really fish headlands at low tide, so what you need is a medium, incoming tide.
He said Bransfords had been getting a lot of reports of barra off the jetties, especially at Palm Cove, which is good news for the Sugar Wharf in Port Douglas and the pontoons.
We’ve had the average amount of rainfall for January and if the normal February rain arrives then the barra season should be well set up, regarding their food supply, breeding and later on their movement into the top reaches of the rivers and the floodplains.
Moving on from the barra, at this time of year expect to find the big breeder salmon (10-15 kg) coming in, along with big queenfish.
Bransfords have been getting strong reports on both.