Rain helps anglers get hooked
BARRA season is running red hot, according to Matt at Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach.
This week’s downpour will cause the rivers to be flushed out and Matt suggests casting for barra at the mouth of the rivers.
“Anywhere you get those colour changes, there should be good baitfish and hopefully the big predators hanging around too,” he said.
“During the week just gone there’s been some awesome barra caught, as well as threadfin salmon.
“There’s still lots of prawns getting about too.
“Everything eats prawns, they make good bait.”
Matt suggests using bigger lures to target larger fish (See Tip).
Matt said the coastline and beaches are still producing some nice queenies and salmon.
The rain has pushed fish out towards the mouth and Matt said it could be flowing fairly quick.
“If you are wanting to head up the Daintree for barra, look for those calm spots, like deep holes in the system, where the current isn’t running as fast.
“I wouldn’t bother on the snags up the river, it would’ve all been flushed out
“There’s not many days where you get this rain and run-off type fishing. “Enjoy it while you can.” Matt said these conditions make fishing for larger fish easier.
“The big fish generally congregate in the same area with this weather, normally they’re spread out through the river,” he said.
A trip to the reef could be off the cards, although it’s looking like the wind could calm down on Sunday.
Sunday is blowing up to 15 knots, and winds as strong as 30 knots have been recorded throughout the week.
Matt said planing a last minute trip could be the way to go.
“Who knows what’ll happen, it’s been changing constantly,” he said.
“It’s not easy to predict the conditions this time of year.
“The weekend just gone was good, Saturday didn’t get over 5 knots,” he said.
Small boats made it out and plenty of fish were caught.
Lots of coral trout were being reeled in, which seemed to be a highlight, as well as some small Spanish mackerel.