Weekend shaping up nicely
CONDITIONS are looking good for anglers this weekend.
We’re in that four or five day period after a full moon, which is usually a prime time.
As well, the king tides have been making lots of run, the effects of which are lingering.
And best of all the wind is forecast to be around 10 knots, from the west.
According to Andy Jennings at Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach, the westerlies are prompting some fishos to haul out their fly fishing gear, given the casting gets some airborne aid.
Of course, barramundi are on everyone’s mind if they’re dipping a line.
“They’re very good at the moment all the way from Cairns to Port Douglas,” said Andy, a four-year veteran in sales at Bransfords.
Machans Beach is particularly good.
They have also been catching salmon up to 1.2m.
“It just seems to be getting better. There’s a lot of prawns about and people are using the cast nets and getting kilos at a time. We’re getting a good feed on the prawns. They’re everywhere.”
Bransfords are selling lots of nets. The sales people are happy to give novices a few tips about cast netting
Of course you wouldn’t want to be wading. Be crocwise, cast off from the sand and be familiar with your surroundings and the local croc siutation as much as possible.
Out wide, there have been good catches at the first and second wrecks, just past Double Island. (They are very well known, but if you need detail, phone Bransfords for the GPS co-ordinates. The shop also has a bunch of new maps of the favourite local fishing areas.)
The Daintree River mouth is fishing well.
And Oak Beach is producing some huge salmon, as well as very nice crabs.
“They do tend to go walkabout, the big ones, on the big tides. Very similar to the crocodiles, they are on the move as well.”
For this weekend he would go around the mouth of the Barron River, or Daintree River.
At the Daintree River mouth, there are blue and king salmon, barramundi and giant trevally, along with the usual bream and grunter etc.
Up the river there are plenty of “rat” barra.
Have a great weekend.