Perfect time to wet a line
THIS weekend will be the best fishing we’ve seen in the past couple of weeks, according to Troy down at Brandsfords Tackle at Clifton Beach and his trusty almanac.
“For people who can get out this weekend for a fish they should have a good time at it,” Troy said.
It seems mother nature has aligned.
It’ll be a couple of days just after the new moon, there’s almost two metres of run and that little bit of rain we’ve just had should bring the fish on the chew.
Offshore fishing could be off the cards this weekend unless you have a big boat to brave the 15 to 20 knot winds.
For smaller boats, he said, “as usual early morning around the wrecks would be ideal if you still want to head out”.
So boaties if you’re still keen on wetting a line, despite the rain and wind, the inlets, creeks and rivers will be your best bet.
“Rain will tend to flush the creeks out a little bit and add a bit more food to the system and bring some fish on,” said Troy.
Winter time around the es- turarys is when you’ll see the most of those whiting, bream and flathead.
Troy says those species are very kid friendly an an easy species to target for beginners.
Place a little bit of prawn on your traditional whiting rig (a long shank hook and a bead small sinker), cast into the shallow sand flats around the mouths of rivers and move the bait around slow.
Fingermark have been on the chew the last couple of weeks and there’s always a chance you could land a good mangrove jack too.
It’s still hard work to land the coveted barramundi but they have been caught around the Daintree, with some persistence .
“In winter they do go down a little bit deeper so soft plastics or your deeper divers in amongst the snags,” Troy said.
“Get right in their face, even if they’re not hungry you could get an annoyance strike out of them,” he said.
Saturday will have a 10 o’lock high and a four o’lock low, both really good tides to fish.
At hightide head right up into the mangroves or at the low incoming tide head to the river mouths for your chance at a salmon or even a barra.