It’s a cool time to go upriver
THE strong south easterlies have been a blessing, cooling air temperatures a lot, but the outlook well into next week means most fishos will give up on fishing in the lagoon.
It’s going to be lumpy for anyone except millionaires on mega-yachts, so it’s time to look inshore and up the rivers.
Heavy rains have helped cool the rivers by a couple of degrees at least, says Matt Graham down at Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach, which will bring those estuary species on to the bite.
The barra have been in the thick of the action already, of course.
“The fishing in Trinity Inlet has been standing out – what they’re catching in there at the moment is ridiculous,” Matt said.
Fresh water pushing bait into the main system means the fishing has been exceptional.
“It’s been unheard of, the fishing they’re having out of there for many, many years.”
He said the sizes had been good and there had also been reports of large schools of barramaundi, of more than 50 fish.
He said the Daintree had been fishing well, with fresh water pushing through.
“When the water temp out the front of rivers is 30-32C, you get up the top of the rivers and it’s four degrees cooler because of the rain,” Matt said.
It’s a big improvement on the many weeks up till now when water temperatures have been every elevated.
The barra, mangrove jacks and grunter will be on the chew.
The rain means mud crabs will be heading for saltier water in the river mouths and beyond, so it’s now a good time to drop a pot or two in places like that.
And the prawns are still a readily available feed for the cast netters.
“That’s what I’d be doing this weekend,” said Matt, “getting a feed of prawns. You can’t beat fresh prawns.
“And with a strong wind at least it’s keeping the mozzies off you.”
With Easter approaching, thoughts are turning to Spanish mackerel, which traditionally show up around then as the season turns and cooler temps apply.
Matt said water offshore had gotten cooler in recent weeks by a couple of degrees. So far, so good.