Neap tide to bring on strikes
STICK to the creeks and inlets with the weather not looking good for reef fishing, again.
Matt from Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach said only big boats are having all the fun braving the 15 to 20 knot winds.
“It doesn’t look too promising that there’ll be gaps in the wind,” he said.
“The diehard fisherman are out there and they’re catching a lot of fish but it’s not easy.
“Leading up to this weekend you got a more neap tide, the sort of tide I prefer for lure fishing.
“There isn’t a lot of movement between the tides but there’s still a lot of tide run.
“For lure fishing in snags you get a lot more time to present your lure compared to the big tides,” said Matt.
A neap tide is the highest lows and the lowest highs and Saturday and Sunday should be the perfect time to flick some lures.
The water is warm enough for barra to be getting about.
“For those tides I love fishing the Daintree and the Russell and Mulgrave Rivers .
“The Daintree is a lovely spot, more upstream in those freshwater parts but on these tides you can fish the entire system.
“On the runout tide we go closer to the mouth and then when the tide turns we follow it back up the river,” Matt said.
Suspending lures, soft plastics and slower presentation lures and perfect for this time of year, compared to warmer months where you’d opt for shallow and quick action lures.
“Slow action lures that sink or suspend allow you to leave it in the strike zone longer to maximise your chances,” he said.
If you’re looking at changing up your fishing style to chase trout, barra or mackerel, vibes are a good way to go.
“Vibes are normally used in deep holes in the rivers where barra hang out but they’re also good around the islands and inshore wrecks.
“You drop them to the bottom sink them down and lift them up and repeat the process.
“The lure vibrates to imitate an injured baitfish,” Matt said.
It’ll be busy on the water these school holidays and Matt advises everyone heading out to be prepared, plan ahead and get in early.
“Fishing is time with a line in the water, not time on the water, that’s boating,” he said.