Fingermark a popular catch
KEEP an eye on the winds this weekend if you’re itching for a fish out on the reef to chase those Spaniards and GT.
According to online forecasts, winds should stay below 15 knots with it dropping to 10 knots on Monday and even lower or Tuesday.
Boats could be sticking to their inshore fishing according to Matt from Bransfords Tackle at Clifton Beach.
“With the wind and the swell up people will most likely stay inshore at this stage,” Matt said.
“As the weekend gets closer the tides are getting bigger as we’ve just come off the neap tides and there will be a fair bit more run, which will suit the bait fishermen.
“The neap tides produced a few good fish, it’s just more work to hook them but with these bigger tides they should be hungry.
“There is a couple of metres worth of run there so the water will be stirred up and there should be more bait activity,” he said.
The river mouths should fish well with a few queenfish and trevally getting around during these bigger tides.
Matt said with the warmer waters the barra and jacks have been getting more common to catch.
“There’s also been a ton of finger mark being caught lately, they’re always fun to catch,” he said.
“They Daintree has produced some fantastic fingermark around out the front near the islands and near the deep holes with live bait.
“Most fishermen will try catch them on lures but they’ll take bait just as easily; they’re the ‘anything fish’, they will eat whatever you put in front of them.”
To chase the fingermark, use a nice live bait off the bottom as they are bottom feeders, with barramundi on the other hand, use a float near snags or drop offs.
“Some of the fish people have caught off Palm Cove jetty has been unreal. One bloke caught a barra which measured in over a metre long”.
Every fisherman can say they’ve lost that one big barra, so the asked Matt how to keep them on the line.
“It’s potluck sometimes, with the neap tide they might not bite a lure as hard,” he said.
Matt said nice big prawns are also getting around and they make the perfect live bait.