Still blowy so head up river
IT’S not looking too flash offshore but it’s still nice in the rivers.
Good numbers of fingermark are being caught in the rivers, according to Matt Graham down at Bransfords in Clifton Beach.
“They usually get a lot of fingermark over the neap tides, which was earlier this week,” he said.
The charter guys were catching fingermark and queenfish too.
The odd catch of permit fish was interesting -- “they usually come in when it gets a bit colder.”
It suggests the sea is cooling a little bit, thankfully, but it’s still got a way to go before the mackerel show up.
He said this weekend looked good for fishos.
It’s the first of the making tides – starting Friday, and optimal on Saturday and Sunday.
“These are good lure fishing tides, up the rivers and up the creeks. You’ve got a bigger bite window. Good for bait fishing as well.
“And a bit of that Easter pressure has gone now.”
The biggest tide will be on Monday, when there’s no moon. Then it will go a bit dead. There’s still a few barra around; it’s not too cold for them yet.
You could always wander up the streams and go after the jungle perch.
“They’re there all the year round,” said Matt. “They’re easy to catch. “You don’t need a lot of expensive gear.
“A hand line will do, and you don’t even need a car, you just go and walk up the streams a bit.
“Any of the fresh water reaches of the stream will have a jungle perch.
“Actually, that’s how a lot of people get into fishing – they start off with jungle perch.”
The element of surprise is essential, for jungle perch are sneaky devils, according to Matt.
One thing it may impart is the need to think like a fisherman – or more properly, think like a fish. You need to be very discreet with jungle perch and do your best not to be seen.
They’re a slow growing fish; a 2 kg jungle perch will be 40 years old. That’s about as big as they get. They are not much of a table fish.
We have two species – jungle perch and flagtail. Most people can’t tell them apart.