The trick to fishing in winter
THE waters are only getting cooler and it’s only getting windier this time of year.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, the fishing won’t be fantastic, but you can always work around what nature throws at you.
Rule out fishing the reef with winds getting up to at least 35 knots, however you can still try your luck in sheltered areas just off the coast.
Creeks and rivers will be your best bet for a good session out this weekend.
Andy from Bransfords Tackle at Clifton Beach shared some great tips on how to fish in the winter months.
“With it being a bit hard, a lot of people are using lighter tackle than what they’d normally use,” Andy said.
Lighter tackle is less obvious to the fish.
“The fish are shy, we’ve got to beat them at their own game”.
“If you use finer line and leader you seem to get a lot better results, this makes a big difference,” he said.
People believe as the water gets darker you need to lighten up your lures, but that is a myth.
“The darker the lure you use, the better results you get, black is the go at the moment,” Andy said.
“A lot of fish at the moment are lazy, if you’re retrieving pretty fast they tend to stay away but if you retrieve a little slower, you’ll see much better results.
With it being a little colder, a lot of fish tend to go in the deeper areas, so a sinking lure would work best.
Be sure to cast wherever there’s structure, like broken trees, branches and even rocks because that’s where the fish are hiding.
Andy’s heard a few good reports of barra being caught in the Port Douglas area, so that’s a good sign, considering the weather.
Mangrove jack are said to be on the chew, as well as the standard winter species, like bream, whiting and flathead.
A fullmoon is due tomorrow so the best fishing should be this weekend.
“We do have a pretty good tides this weekend as well as a good amount of run,” Andy said.
If your fishing gear needs a bit of an update or you want to treat yourself, Bransfords is having a huge sale during this month to celebrate their 24th birthday.