There is action up the creek
THERE’S a lot do to out on the water this weekend.
Conditions are good, according to Andy from Bransfords Tackle at Clifton Beach.
“The wind’s dropped compared to previous weeks,” he said.
It’ll be best to stick inshore where winds will reach up to 15 knots compared to the offshore reefs where it’ll get up to 20 knots.
“The queenfish are about and on the bite, we’ve seen reports of schools of tuna passing through offshore which is great.
“It’s a good sign to see the juvenile marlin start to come through, they’re only little about 15 to 50 kilos.
Marlin can be caught around the inshore reefs according to Andy.
Andy’s top tip to chase a good size tuna is use little plugs because those fish feed on whitebait.
To attract those nice fighting queenfish poke around the mouth of the rivers and use surface lures, fizzers and poppers.
There are neap tides this Saturday, meaning there won’t be a lot of run, so it’s perfect for lure fisherman who enjoy ac- curate casting and placing lures where the fish will bite.
“With the neap tides, up the creeks will be good fishing,” Andy said.
“If you’re chasing the barra you’ll have to wake them up by placing lures in their face that have a bit of a rattle.
“Retrieve the lure a bit slower and twitch it with a pause due to the water temperature being down and the barra being a touch slower.
Andy also mentioned to be a bit more patient and put more casts in the one spot than what you would normally do.
The Daintree is producing barramundi however they aren’t as big as some hoped.
If you venture up the creeks in the Daintree you can try your luck at a few jungle perch that are getting about in the fresh water.
If you’re keen on changing it up, head to small freshwater bodies in the Tablelands and chase the fun, fighting sooty grunters, also known as black bream. Sootys tend to hang in slow running water where it gets a bit deep.
It’s more fun on light line with a small lure or a piece of cheese on a small hook.
* Author’s note,: Sootys fight well. We caught nine near Malanda on the weekend.