Jan­uary rains play their part for barra, now for Fe­bru­ary falls

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Hay­den Smith

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.”

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