Bring a mate, the GTs are on
TODAY and early Friday will be the best times to head out for a quick flick on the reef. The winds will be around 12 to 17 knots, and it will blow up on Saturday and Sunday.
It will be a little rough but sticking to the inshore reefs will give you plenty of opportunity to nab a decent catch.
Legal sized Spanish mackerel, giant trevally and coral trout are about in good numbers according to Billy Hanson from Outrageous Fishing Adventures.
“If you have a little boat just work on the local reefs out the front but if you have something 5 metres or over you can head out further,” Billy said.
“There are some big GTs out there; one bloke we had needed a bit of help, so it was a two person job to reel in that massive catch.
“The coral trout have been hitting on the bottom tide.
“A good method to catching those mackerel is using live fusiliers out on a float, there’s also a good chance you could catch a GT as they’ve been coming off the bottom to feed.
Batt and Tongue reef have been producing well, but it has been a little slow as the fish have been a little flighty due to prawn trawler nets scaring them of a night. Fingermark have been keeping anglers busy in Dickson Inlet and barramundi are attacking lures up in the Daintree River.
We are fast approaching the Coral Reef Fin Fish Closures for 2017.
The Coral Reef Fin Fish spawning closures are in place to prohibit the taking of cods and groupers, coral trout, emperor, fusiliers, parrotfishes, surgeonfishes, sweetlips, tropical snappers and sea perches along with wrasses.
The closures are October 17-21 and November 15-19, so plan your reef trips around those dates.
These closures allow reef fish to spawn undisturbed and ensure a healthy sustainable population.
Some of these species can be caught in the estuaries and rivers, such as cod but they will still be protected during those times.
All pelagic species are exempt from the closure.
Around 40 boats are hanging around Fitzroy Island to participate in the Telstra Cairns Bluewater Billfish Tournament, participants use 10kg line to chase the little black marlin with the comp ending this Saturday (26/8).