Chase the nannygai inshore
IT’S been beautiful out on the pond.
Flat and calm, not much wind, near ideal conditions for local fishos.
Off Port Douglas the charter guys have been operating quite close in, fishing the inner reefs and marks.
“All those rubbly patches and wonky holes off Port Douglas, they’ve been catching nannygai on those,” said Matt Graham of Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach.
They’re a winter species really but especially around the neap tides they seem to fish a lot better inshore, said Matt.
They are estimating 10-15 knots for today and then it will get up around 15-20 knots on Friday afternoon.
There may be a highly variable set of conditions with brief rain spells and squalls.
With the good tides leading up to the full moon it would normally be a time to head out wide, but the stronger winds are likely to prevent that for most fishos.
So it would make sense to stay inshore and target the nannygai.
They feed at night so that’s going to be a prime time. In the day they don’t move around much until there’s tidal run, so to target them in those times you need to drop a bait virtually right on their noggin. And that’s around the wonky holes and rubble patches.
It’s mostly bait fishing but some guys use jigs and plastics.
When the tide starts running, it’s like someone flicked a switch and the nannygai become much more active, feeding on bunched up bait fish.
The barramundi fishing is going well, Matt said. “It’s been awesome since that net-free zoning was introduced.
“The rivers and estuaries are producing a lot of fish,” he said. “Kids are going fishing after school and catching barras and queenies off the beach and they’ve never been able to that ever.
“You go down the beach in the afternoons and all the kids are down there fishing. It’s great.” Prawns are still profuse. Plenty of people are hitting the beaches for a feed of prawns and the prawn trawlers are active close to shore.
Matt reckons the water temperatures have started to cool, thanks probably to all the rain. Easter is traditionally when the water starts to cool enough for the mackerel to show up.