Have a crack at crabbing
THE winds will be unforgiving this weekend for those keen to bottom bash on the reef, reaching up to 25 knots.
Matt from Bransfords Tackle at Clifton Beach said there are still plenty of options if you’re keen to get out on the boat.
“If you’re keen you can nip out a few hours before sunrise and fish around the islands and inshore wrecks then make sure to head back within the first hour of daylight or it’ll be too rough.”
The mackerel are about with reports of people landing both school and Spanish.
“You don’t have to go a long way out for the doggies, they should be around all the little islands like Snapper or Double or you can head out to the leeds in Cairns.
“Most of the river fisherman will be out in force doing their thing, chasing those queenfish and trevally with the odd grunter getting around too,” said Matt.
“Lure fisherman have been exploring upstream in the fresh water to target jungle perch, sooty grunter, tarpon and the odd barra or jack.
“A good hard bodied diving lure or soft plastic will work well in these conditions.
“We’re going to move into those flatter tides, so there won’t be as much run, which is perfect for the lure fisherman because it’s easier to present the lures,” said Matt.
It being colder the barra are reluctant to bite; they’re still around but their bite window is much smaller.
Live bait should coax the barra out (see Tip).
With conditions less favourable for the reef, fishos have been opting to chase other things.
“When the winds are up, put some crab pots out. I’ve seen a few good muddies on those big tides,” said Matt.
Fisheries are waiting for a good weekend – they’re doing a massive crackdown on fishermen doing the wrong thing.
“A lot of people don’t know is your bag limit means what’s in possession, it counts what’s in your freezer too,” said Matt.
With the weather not favourable for reef fishing, now is a great time to study the rules and regulations so you don’t cop a hefty fine.
“Fisheries have been around and they’ve been warning people so know your bag and size limits and know what you’re legally allowed to take,” said Matt.