Sunday looks the best shot
THERE’S plenty of breeze about, but it will abate a little bit on Sunday, enough for fishos to go way offshore if they want to.
If they do they will find the nannygai, coral trout, and red emperor – the bottom fish – fishing well.
The neap tides start Sunday/Monday, coinciding with calmer weather early next week.
Anyone heading offshore will be wondering whether the spanish mackerel are turning up in number.
It’s about that time of year.
But so far, according to Matt Graham of Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach, there are very few reports of catches.
“It usually happens around now,” Matt said. “The water’s cooling off. They’re not far away. Anyway, there’s still plenty of the bottom fish biting out there.”
More inshore there are reports of plenty of salmon and queenfish still around off the beaches – “which is a bit unusual,” Matt said.
“With that dirty water we’ve been having with these strong winds, it’s been salmon, catfish and sharks, a lot of undesirable species.”
The district’s rivers have been fishing steadily with the typical winter species, especially whiting and bream.
A lot of fishermen will be chasing those species, so it’s a good time to think about double hooks on your rig, says Matt. [See Tip below] Bransfords can show you how to do it if you need help, and soon you’ll be a master.
Mud crabs are thinning out as the water temperature falls, along with the prawns.
No matter what the season is, up here there’s always something to have a crack at, Matt said.
Bransfords have just got a new batch of high quality cast nets.
As always, preparation for your fishing trip pays off.
So aim for some good quality fresh bait.
Chances of nailing that are improved with a good cast net.
“Fresh is best,” said Matt, something the experts say frequently.