Lakefield open for business
IF you’re sick of waiting for the wind out at the reef to die down or fed up with no results at Tinaroo then you’ll be excited to hear this.
Lakefield has opened up for the season and the barramundi fishing is fantastic.
Matt down at Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach said Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park is well worth the five hour drive for the fishing adventure.
“This time last year we got 20 barra for the day, it’s just a fantastic place to eplore,” said Matt.
“You don’t have to have fancy equipment or a boat that’s the beauty of lakefield, there’s so many options for land based fisherman,” he said.
“There’s isolated lagoons and waterholes so it’s quite an adventure getting around there,” said Matt.
The barra grow big up there so be sure to use a good 40lb or 50 lb leader and diving hard body lures for better results.
Barra aren’t only thing in the waters, so be croc wise and if you’re cast from the banks stay a good distance from the water.
Anyone can head up there with a four-wheel drive, there are designated camping areas with great facilities or if you manage your time right it can be a day trip (see Tip below).
It’s that time of year where the winds haven’t been favourable for those who are keen on chasing mackerel out on the reef, so stick to your estuaries, creeks and beaches if you’re wanting to wet a line.
“It is good in that a lot of reef areas can restock and get healthy again and it entices people to chase other species, it’s one of the joys of living up here,” said Matt.
It’s good news for those interested in fish who put up a fight with queenfish getting out and about.
“As soon as that water gets cooler we see a lot of queenfish turn up, you can get them in the mouths of the rivers and estuary systems,” said Matt.
“Use surface lures, poppers or stickbaits and livebait is always good too,” he said.
“It’s good tides for the baitfish and especially for the queenfish and trevally,” Matt said.
Again, there’s still a chance of catching your mangrove jack or barramundi, all it takes is patience.
The Daintree is still producing a fair amount of barra to keep fishos happy.