NO luck for those fisherman keen to chase the barra, they have “lockjaw” according to Troy from Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach. People who want to chase barra will have to wait a few more weeks for them to get used to the cold snap that’s happening at the moment.
Fishing this weekend shouldn’t be too bad, with winds on Saturday getting to around 15 knots and Sunday it’ll pick up a little to around 20 knots.
Fingermark have been on the chew lately so be sure to head out to inshore wrecks, deep holes, or inshore around the pylons.
“You’ll find the deeper holes around creeks coming into the river will wash out the holes and live prawns will be around, so you should do well on the fingermark there,” said Troy at Bransfords.
The little bit of rain we’ve had has produced a few prawns, especially the smaller bait prawns.
“If people want to get around with a cast net and catch their own fresh live bait they should do a lot better,” he said.
There’ll be about half a metre of run this weekend and it’s starting to come around to a neap tide, so fishing around deep holes and around jetties should be easier.
Make sure you head out to your favourite spot on the beach in the late afternoon — that time should produce the most action, during hightide.
Anywhere on a beach that is a little bit sheltered should be good fishing.
Early bird gets the fish. Head out either Friday or Saturday early morning (before or just after daybreak) for your best chance to hook a mackerel.
There’s no word on those black marlin that were hanging around last week.
Billy Hansen from Outrageous Fishing Adventures said mangrove jack have been spotted in the Mowbray, and a few pillies or live sards should do the trick for those.
Mothers-in-law (morwong, painted sweetlip or slatey bream) are one fish Billy and his crew haven’t spotted for the past two seasons.
Giant trevally, coral trout and moses perch are a few of the fish getting around Batt Reef and Satellite.
Overall “it’s all fishing pretty good off the bottom at the moment,” said Billy.