Reef looks swell this weekend
FOR the first time in eight weeks, keen reef fishermen will finally see a break in the weather this weekend.
Saturday is looking like a cracker with winds 10 to 15 knots. The swell is 1.2m with a 12-second break, according to Billy Hanson at Outrageous Fishing Adventures.
The reef should be stocked well with mackerel, reds and trout.
Sunday will be rougher and Billy reminds everyone to check forecasts and watch conditions once you’re out there.
“Keep an eye on the winds and the swells,” he said.
“It has been turning a bit when we were out there this week.
“It’s very important to make sure all your safety gear is up to date, like your EPIRB.”
The ideal time to head out should be mid-afternoon Saturday through to just after sunset.
“There’s a small run-out tide during the day but a larger one in the evening,” Billy said.
For the sport fisherman, the GT should put on a good show.
“Throw some poppers in close to the reef around the bombies and they should come up to the surface and attack the lure. Live bait is always good, you can place them out on the float or even bottom bash, there’s a lot you can do,” Billy said.
Pilchards or any sort of live bait will do for a great time out on the big blue.
Mangrove jack, barramundi, queenfish, and golden trevally have been caught around the inlet and off the sugar wharf.
Keith from Bransfords Tackle at Clifton Beach said queenfish were also about in the Daintree with some weighing over six kilos.
River mouths are producing the goods on the humble yabby as bait.
“You can catch really nice whiting, bream, flathead and grunter at the mouth of the Barron River and Thomatis Creek,” Keith said.
“A young lad landed a 21kg GT with live bait up Thomatis, that’s just incredible.
If you’re keen on a feed of winter barra, the Daintree is a good place to start but if you want a weekend away Lakefield should fish well.
“Lakefield is going off,” said Keith.
“There are a lot of fish that have come out of those isolated lagoons and are now in the main waterways.”