Winds are down this weekend
IT’S very good news for fishos who want some reef action this weekend – winds should drop to 10 knots and under.
We can only hope it stays that way.
“We are finally looking at some good weather”, said Matt from Bransford’s Tackle at Clifton Beach.
“From today until Sunday it should flatten out for the smaller boats.
“Everyone will want to head out to the reef of course, so expect all the boat ramps to be busy and make sure you get in early,” he said.
Fishermen finally have a chance to have a crack at the mackerel as they have been schooling up around inshore reefs.
Matt said mackerel will be the number one target this weekend and trolling works best (see Tip).
“The bombies and the reef edges haven’t been fished hard for a while so I dare say there’d be plenty of trout out there as well,” he said.
“Fisheries will most likely be out in force so it should be in people’s interest to touch up on the bag limits, size limits and where you can and can’t fish.
“The joys of the cooler months is you don’t have to venture too far, you get nice cool water in close and a lot of mackerel will be hanging around inside the reef.
“We’re coming up to the full moon, which is Tuesday next week – that lead up to the full moon is always better fishing because your tides are getting bigger in the lead up.
“It works out perfectly for fishing this weekend,” he said.
Some people who went up the freshwater creeks chasing sooty and jungle perch got a very nice surprise when they landed a GT up to 40 to 50 lbs.
“It’s not very common but it does happen, normally in winter,” Matt said
“They’re not the greatest eating fish but they’re an awesome sport fish, we call them tackle testers.”
There have been consistent reports of fishermen landing fingermark, trevally and the odd barra in the Daintree.
The Cairns Inlet has also produced some decent barramundi in the last month
Net free fishing played a big part in the rise of stock numbers in the Cairns inlet, which evens out the playing field.
Remember to have your flares and EPIRBS when you’re venturing more than two miles offshore.