Estuaries the best spots now
MORE rain is forecast heading into the weekend, so fishos are likely to find the river mouths and estuaries are the place to go.
The fresh water running into streams has pushed prawns and mudcrabs seaward.
In our neck of the woods there have been very good catches of prawns, and likewise further south.
Wonga Beach, Newell and Cooya have been great for prawns. On the beaches there have also been queenfish, tarpon and salmon, chasing the prawn schools around.
Reports from Dickson Inlet have been light on – the tourists have gone home. There were a few grunter caught last week.
Down south it’s been interesting. “They’ve been catching a lot on the fly gear,” said Andy Jennings of Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach.
“They’ve been using a lot of flies that look like shrimp.”
These are working because there are tons of prawns out there at the moment. They’re even bagging them off Palm Cove Jetty.
So where’s there’s prawns there are plenty of predators too. Similarly with bait fish. they are everywhere at the moment. “The fishing’s gone mad,” Andy said.
Flies are working well in these conditions. The seethrough shrimp fly, in a range of sizes, is doing the trick, Andy said.
“Fish fooling flies,” they’re called, a term you’d better not try if you’ve had a few brews on the way to the fishing mark.
They are catching barra, trout, mangrove jack – everything off the beaches, rocks and headlands.
Places like Ellis Beach for example.
The wolf herring are chasing the plentiful baitfish congregating there, the mackerel are chasing the herring, and the fingermark are at the top of the chain.
There’s been no let up in the crabs either – big ones. “People are getting three or four at a time,” Andy said.
In the deeper waters fishos are doing well on the reds, Spanish mackerel, schooling mackerel, and grey mackerel.
Barra are on the chew in the rivers. In the Barron River a bloke had 16 on and landed 11.
These and other sheltered spots are the obvious choices while the winds are pushing up a bit.