Bit blowy but rivers fish well
THE winds will be up but not too much to ruin the fun over the weekend and early next week, as the recent period of favourable fishing conditions rolls on.
The weekend will be in the optimal afterglow of the full moon, and the usual big Easter tides mean there’s going to be plenty of run (“equals fun” as fishos never fail to say).
But with signficiant winds prevailing, keen fishos will need to make good use of the early morning “window” period before the ventilation gets too strong.
Say, about 4am to hit the boat ramp and returning by about 8 am – should be good.
These strong south easterlies mean the opportunities offshore are limited to the larger tinnies.
Troy Ashworth at Bransfords Tackle in Clifton beach has got it all figured.
Over Easter he’ll be heading offshore at Bloomfield River in chase of nannygai.
“In the inshore reefs there are those nannies which are just over the legal size. They are perfect eating.”
In the inlet in Cairns there’s been a lot of reports about barra.
“The grunter are starting to come on the chew. That’s normally a winter thing but I’m starting to get reports of grunter . . . ,” Troy said.
“Salmon have been around for a week or two with the prawns, but we’re not hearing as much about them as before.
“The rivers have been going really well with all that little bit of rain we’ve had, and all the prawns around, and the barra.
“I think that hot weather fired them up and the water still hasn’t cooled down,” Troy said.
“Putting it all together – the first couple of days after a new moon, all that run in the tide – it should be good fishing in the rivers at the weekend, even if it is a bit blowy.
“That bit of rain is still bringing food down the rivers.
“Everything is bringing on fishing in the rivers,” Troy said.
Fishos would likely find it interesting to see more info on the netting debate.
This Saturday at 1:30 pm on Fishing Australia (WIN TV and Channel TEN) the show compares Cairns’ net free zones old and new.
Certainly a lot of people are attributing the abundance of barra lately to the restrictions in the Cairns area on commercial activity.