Rain spell a start of the flush
IT may not be a royal flush but it’s been pretty good, all this rain up our way.
Fishos have been hoping for at least the past three Wet Seasons for a good to give the rivers a proper flush out, and when it comes to the Daintree River at least it appears to have done a nice job of it.
The Daintree rose 6 metres to a peak on Monday morning, which was fairly impressive and gave plenty of cause for optimism.
“In the long run it’s going to be very good for the river,” said Dave Patterson of Dave’s Daintree Charters.
“It’s needed a good flush out and hopefully will get the barramundi moving.”
They move out of the river to breed along the coast to spawn, before moving back up into the upper reaches eventually.
“They’re kind of flushed out of the river, I believe. I’ve heard reports that they’ve been catching them along the beach.”
Dave reckoned it’s the start of a decent Wet Season, at least, and a big improvement on last year.
“It’s a good start and we’ve got right up to April.”
He said business-wise things were quiet.
If people were wanting to fish, around Snapper Island would be the place to go.
But apparently they’re not so flush down in Cairns, despite those images of the Barron Falls in raging torrents.
Matt Graham at Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach said much more heavy rain was needed before the rivers would be properly flushed.
He said the rain so far was “all good, it’s what we want, it’s going to stir things up, which is what we’ve been waiting for.
“Hopefully we’ll get a lot more. But this is not even the start. We need good flooding rains. And with the neap tides we had, there wasn’t even a lot of movement to make it flush out.”
Those fishing off the beaches lately have done well, thanks to all the baitfish expelled from the rivers.
Threadfin and queenfish were around, along with the barras.
Matt said mostly “rat” barras were being caught. The bigger ones were being taken by the commercial boys. They’re the breeders being taken too soon and perhaps the barra ban had been lifted too early.