Stick to the rivers this week
REEF fishing doesn’t look so good this weekend compared to the amazing forecast last weekend.
“They can’t give us two nice weekends in a row,” said Matt from Bransfords Tackle at Clifton Beach.
“We had the full moon on Tuesday and there will be slack tides and strong winds so it’s not looking fantastic for the reef fishermen.
“Saturday is the start of the neap tides so up until Monday expect to see a slacker tide run which will be perfect for flicking lures,” Matt said.
“You have a steady run so it’ll be fantastic lure fishing in the rivers and estuaries, especially the Daintree”.
The slow tide run allows for a much easier presentation of the lure.
The Daintree should produce some nice queenfish, trevally, barra, jack and there have been reports of mackerel and snapper out the front.
“We can give the reef a little break and do a bit of sport fishing because as they say ‘big tides, big fish’,” Matt said.
“It should be nice up the rivers, you won’t have a lot of run so the water should be pretty clean and clear.
“I’d head from the ferry to the mouth.
“There’s generally more movement there.”
The weather was favourable for most boats to have a crack, with a lot of small tinnies getting about to chase mackerel, trout, red emperor and even little marlin.
It’s safe to say the majority had a great time and used the weather to their advantage.
Fishos bragged on social media with their boat decks and eskies full of fish.
“I’m sure after that weekend everyone’s freezers would be chockers,” Matt said.
“A few people I heard bagged their limit of spanish and grey mackerel.”
Some people using their barra gear were catching the small marlin, around 10lb up to 30lb, by either trolling with a lure or a garfish. “It’s the joys of those little fish, you don’t need fancy gear to catch them so it gives everyone a chance.
“We spent a bit of time with people who came into the shop and needed help, we showed them how to rig up and it was great to hear of some good results,” Matt said.
There was a bit of a shark problem over the weekend – the photo on the right proves that. FOR lure fishing, try not to rig big. Make a lighter set up with smaller lures for neap tides. The fish won’t be aggressive to chase a big lure, so a smaller one should produce results. It’s always good to have a range of lures on hand. If two people are fishing, start with opposite colours and see which gets the most hits. Generally for mornings and afternoons darker colours suit best. Metallic and reflective lures work well during midday where the sun reflects the lure. A mighty Murray cod measuring about 80cm is my best ever catch.
I caught it in the Broken River in Shepparton, Victoria where I’m on holiday from.
We were fishing off the bank and all of a sudden I felt my line pull hard. It put up a fantastic fight. I love fishing, it’s more than a hobby. It’s funny though because I’m actually allergic to fish so I don’t keep them.
It’s all about catching fish for me, I normally do river fishing, fishing in the sea is new to me.
Both seem pretty similar so far in that you can’t see the bottom but I think I came to the wharf at the wrong time. We’ve only caught a crab so far. In rivers we can do a bit of everything, we can use bait or lures and even trawl.
We normally target yellowbelly also known as golden perch and in the lakes we chase redfin.
You can’t throw redfin back, you have to keep them because they’re an introduced species.
The biggest one I’ve caught is 42cm but I’ve seen bigger ones around.
The best thing about them is they’re a fun fight and they’re school fish, so once you catch one you know for sure you’ll catch a bunch.
Dawn or dusk is the prime time to go fishing, that’s when the fish are on the bite.
At the moment we’ve been focusing on surface lures to attract the Murray cod.
TOP: Richard from London with most of a GT – the sharks are pretty active at the moment! Caught with Dave’s Daintree Fishing Charters. BOTTOM: A decent coral trout caught on a nice day with Billy Hanson’s Outrageous Fishing Adventures.