Friday is on our minds
FRIDAY is the best day to put your line in the water as it comes just after the full moon so it’ll be good fishing.
“Over the weekend it’s the first couple of days after the full moon which is great fishing with a bit over a half a metre of run and your best fishing times would be around 8am to 10am,” said Troy Ashworth, down at Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach.
Make sure you head out within the change of the tide, around an hour either side.
Troy said the Daintree has been fishing quite well so far, especially on the larger mangrove jack.
We’re on the way out of the transition period where the temperatures are cooling the waters to below 25 degrees.
The barra, jack and fingermark are quieter in these cooler winds and temperatures but you’ll still have a chance to catch them, however there’s a smaller bite window.
“It has cooled down a fair bit so for the people who want to have a crack at the jacks and barra, it’ll pretty much be your last crack at some good sessions,” said Troy.
“You can catch barra and jacks any time of year, even in the cooler months because they still have to eat.”
Schools of 10kilo plus Spanish mackerel will be getting about, so make sure you pencil in a trip to the reef.
Fishermen hoping to land the large Spaniards should head out to Pixie Reef and Snapper Island and use an old school method (see Tip).
Land-based fishos will be happy to see the water cooling if they want to chase bream, whiting and flathead.
The winds on the weekend will be around 10 to 15 knots, and it’ll jump to to maybe 20 knots, so be sure to head out before sunrise for the early morning calm and come back around at around 8 or 9 am.
Black Marlin are coming in unusually early this season.
“We’re starting to hear reports of the little black marlin getting around which is very very early, so for those who want to chase it, come in and grab your marlin gear.”
It’s not only that, strange species have been spotted since around Christmas, according to Troy.
“We had dog tooth tuna happening, we had a late season with dolphin fish and we had Blue Marlin, which is almost unheard of.”