January rains play their part for barra, now for February falls
HEAVY January rain buoyed Far North anglers as the closed barramundi fishing season entered its final week.
Recent downpours are expected to reinvigorate many of the region’s creeks and rivers, in turn breathing life into fish stocks.
Erskine’s Tackle World store manager Rob Erskine said the rain had been “very much welcomed” among local fishing circles.
“Hopefully we’ve had enough rain to get the barra breeding, but we definitely need some more over coming weeks to really flush out the systems,” he said.
It comes after a lacklustre 2015-16 wet season in which a lack of substantial rain hampered fish breeding.
The veteran barra fisherman said the benefits of the past week’s downpours would be felt “down the track”.
“In terms of numbers, we probably won’t notice anything until next year,” he said.
“But the rain does get the barra active and feeding again, while it is also good for prawns and bait fish like mullet and sardines.” A The East Coast’s closed barra season ended at midday on Wednesday, February 1.
The Tableland Fish Stocking Society (TFSS) is also optimistic about 2017 on the back of torrential rain.
While still well below typical January levels, Lake Tinaroo has risen significantly in recent weeks.
TFSS president Laurie Wright said the longstanding group would undertake its first stocking effort since last May.
“We’ve got a couple of hundred fingerlings at our Tablelands hatchery that need to go out,” he said.
“We’ll be putting them into parts of the lake that are nice and protected.
“We’ve seen Tinaroo much lower in the past – and if it dropped another 10 per cent we’d be concerned – but it’s on the rise now.”