Perfect weather ahead
IT will be “one of the best weekends we’ve had in a while”, said Matt at Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach.
Reef fishing looks very promising this weekend with winds expected to reach up to 5 knots.
“You’d be mad not to head out to the reef this weekend, take advantage of it while it’s here,” Matt said.
“Any day this weekend will be nice, the winds should stay like this until Monday.
“From the looks of it there’s a lot of changing in the wind direction, it gives it a washing machine effect out there with the waves.
“But it shouldn’t be a problem because it’s so calm out there.”
The tides should be timed nicely for boaties to use their time wisely while out there.
Visibility should be at its best during the morning and lunch time Saturday, perfect for snorkelling and spearing.
“It’s good sometimes to just cruise around the reef to look at it, we love this time of year, we get to actually appreciate why we live here,” Matt said.
“Friday onwards the tides are getting better. We got some neap tides and slack water at the moment and Saturday, Sunday the tides will get bigger — more run, more fun.
“I’ll be out there this weekend. We’ll head out Friday night and try to chase some reds, nannys and the bottom fish and Saturday we’ll go out wide and chase some marlin.”
Fish should be on the bite during the afternoon as there will be more movement and action in the water.
“The Daintree is still producing plenty of barra,” he said.
“River fishermen will enjoy the nice slack tides and it’ll start to build later in the afternoon, that would be my favourite time to go lure fishing. “I’d be using a shallow diving floating lures – it’ll be easier to fish the snags and drop offs.”
Batt Reef fished well after last week’s coral reef fin fish closure, people reporting a good amount of trout.
Matt said it’s common for fish to be on the bite after their breeding cycle and the most popular catches have been mackerel and coral trout, with some nannys and reds getting about too.
Meanwhile, it was announced yesterday that as of next year fisheries officers will wear body cameras to record public interactions.