Fishable 15 knots Sunday
BOATIES could be blessed with another nice drop in the winds just in time for the weekend, according to Matt from Bransfords Tackle out at Clifton Beach.
Sunday should drop to an estimated 15 knots with the swell dropping as well. “Finally,” Matt said. “It’ll be a bit bumpy but it’ll give a few more guys the option to go out.
“Last weekend quite a few people went out, the biggest target being the Spanish mackerel.
“People were out on Batt and Tongue Reef, they had double hook ups and it didn’t take them long to get their bag limit. They had to start targeting other fish to fill up the rest of their day.”
There’s been a few reports of people catching large mouth nannygai at the inshore wrecks, which is very unusual.
“Everyone targeting fingermark were catching those nannygai, that’s even better I reckon,” Matt said.
“It’s unusual for the nannygai to be there, especially in those numbers.
“With the winds up for so long I suppose a lot of these spots have restocked,” he said.
The moon lines up perfectly on Saturday, it’d be the best time to target mackerel, although the winds are set to be between 15 to 20 knots.
According to Matt, the winds “can’t make their mind up”, so be sure to always check online before you head out or could be a rough ride.
“Reef fishing won’t be ideal but if you do take advantage of it you should do alright,” he said.
Saturday will see a big tide run and lots of movement with the biggest tide being at 10pm, it’ll be especially good to target the barra.
“The inlets and creeks should fish well and I always prefer to use live bait when there’s lots of run and movement in the waters,” Matt said. “Big tides, big fish. “The best thing to use on big tides is fresh bait, so make sure you use a good cast net.
“There’s still a big tide during the day from 9am to 3pm so it’s perfect for most people, it’ll be good for the kids too,” he said.
The Daintree should be fishing well too but watch out for all those crocs.
“We caught more barra in the Daintree than at Lakefield, it’s doing really well,” Matt said. THERE’S nothing more important than planning. Matt from Bransfords said “If you plan your day around the tides, you’ll see better results”. Like us, fish don’t eat all all day. An hour either side on a turn of the tide will allow any fisherman to do much better. Avoid dead low unless you’re collecting live bait. Matt also recommends getting to your spot a bit earlier than the tide charts suggest as they are only guides. Remember practice makes perfect! THE biggest fish I ever caught was a barramundi, bigger than a metre, right here off the Sugar Wharf.
I had such a rush catching the barra, when it hit the line it was insane, there was a lot of action but it was so hard to bring up.
I moved here from Bali about five years ago. I live in Melbourne now but I love visiting.
The first time I came here was my first time fishing.
I spent a lot of time and effort learning what to do.
I learnt the hard way but after all this time I started to get a sense of what to do like exactly what bait works when and what hooks to use.
My friends and I we all work together, we stay here for 12 hours sometimes, it’s good to share knowledge so we all learn something.
The beauty of fishing is when you’re actually enjoying the fight.
When I want to have fun I use a light fishing rod to play the fish.
This is a good spot but it’s very dangerous because we’ve seen a big 4 metre croc pass through here.
I love coming here and relaxing; we sit here and enjoy ourselves and it’s nice because it’s not too crowded.
There’s a lot of big fish here at night and being experienced it’s easy to know what to find and how to catch it.
We’re aiming to catch a shark tonight.
TOP: Scott with a massive GT caught with the first bait of the morning with Cooktown Barra Charters. MIDDLE: Bill with a nice jack caught with Cooktown Barra Charters BOTTOM: Young Charlie Hard happy to land his first black marlin off the coast of Cairns.