Get set for a great weekend
CONDITIONS for fishing have been perfect and look set to stay that way into next week.
Low wind and a glassy, clear sea mean there’s nothing in the way of a good session.
“Everybody’s going fishing,” said Andy Jennings at Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach.
The store has been extremely busy with anglers stocking up for a trip to the blue highway. Including lots of the ladies. “You can’t get any better conditions than these at the moment,” Andy said.
“The weather’s turned really nice and the sea is crystal clear.
“This is what we’ve been waiting for. You can fish anywhere you want to.”
The full moon has been a factor too – some people like to fish either side of it, and some like to fish on the full moon.
“It does illuminate the water,” Andy said.
“With the sea a lot clearer, the predator fish can actually see the smaller fish, so a lot of people are catching them on surface lures, poppers, hard bodies, soft plastics, they’re catching everything.”
As well as that, there are “fantastic” tides coming up at the weekend. So lots of run is guaranteed.
Catches this week have been pretty spectacular.
The star has been barramundi. “They’re going crazy,” Andy said.
There’s plenty of mackerel around, including at the Sugar Wharf and in Cooktown.
In the Daintree River there are reports of huge fingermark.
“I don’t think it matters where you go this weekend,” Andy said.
“You could fish in a little puddle and do all right.”
Flathead are about in good number, salmon are still running, prawns and crabs are about – “everything’s on the go,” according to Andy.
Harry Goodman, down at Nautical Marine Sales in Port Douglas, said the prawns are going well off the beach, and interestingly there were squid around the rocks in Port Douglas – “weird, for some reason”.
Also spanish mackerel – a couple of whoppers near 1½ metres big were caught by local recreational fishos out wide in 30-50 metres of water.
Off the Sugar Wharf they are cathing stripeys and “various smaller stuff”.