Crabbing – like a pot of gold
IT’LL be a bit wet and windy on the water for most of this weekend .
Sunday is looking to abate a little and early in the week should be okay, according to Matt from Bransford’s Tackle at Clifton Beach.
“The winds are still going to be up a little, it’s the typical story we’ve had in the last couple of months,” Matt said.
“The good news is we’re coming into the neap tide over the weekend which is very favourable for the lure fisherman.
“It creates a clearer, slower moving water and gives fishermen the opportunity to present their lure more accurately.
“Personally I love them compared to the big tides where you miss out on the easier presentation of bait and lures”
Neap tides make reef fishing harder.
With the winds persistently up people have been trying their hand at crabbing (see Tip below).
“We’ve sold a lot of crabbing gear and crab bait,” Matt said.
“During the last week we’ve seen a lot of good captures of mud crabs considering it’s a hit and miss sort of fishery.
“With the winds up and people not being able to do their normal reef fishing a lot of people have been doing stuff like that and there are some monster crabs out there.”
The Daintree River is producing some nice trevally and queenfish, a fantastic sport fish.
“There’s a lot of them in the river systems at the moment, this is pretty common in the winter months,” Matt said.
“They come up to breed and some weigh in at around 50 pounds.
“Some of the local guides have been getting into them and they’ve broken a lot of rods and lost a lot of lures.”
The barramundi have gone quiet, with only a few reports of catches recently.
Matt had some wise words for those who don’t catch a whole lot.
“Fish to the tides, don’t just go out whenever you have time,” he said.
“As soon as you start getting a current and the tide moves a bit faster, that is a good time where fish are on the bite.”
Charter boats have seen a few humpback whales while they migrate off the coast. Matt said although they’re a fantastic sight they scare off the reef fish.