Mackerel are hot on the bite
REEF fishing is looking promising this weekend with winds predicted to be under 10 knots. The new moon is today and tides are lining up for a weekend of decent fishing.
Matt from Bransfords said it’s wise to watch the winds, as they have been inconsistent in the past few days.
“People with smaller boats should especially keep an eye on the winds,” Matt said.
“You don’t want to get stuck out there if it does blow up.
“We have a lot of variable winds at the moment – one minute it’ll be northerlys then southerlys and then westerlys.
“It will create a bit of swell and a bit of chop, even if it’s predicted to be light winds.”
According to Matt, mackerel are hot on the bite and are the target species of the week.
“The mackerel will be hanging around the outer reefs,” he said.
“It’s much cooler and cleaner out there this time of year, so it’s worth going the extra distance to find the nicer water.”
Matt said mornings and afternoons will work best to chase mackerel and he recommends trolling and working from the outer reefs back to shore.
“Trolling covers more ground and it gives you a chance to find new spots.
“A lot of people fish the same spots but due to the current and other factors it’s always different.
“Look for a current line and colour change, that’s where the fish should be feeding.”
Coral trout are still being caught in good numbers.
Matt said people have caught decent sized nannygai, cobia and fingermark in the wonky holes.
“Wonky holes are a continuation from the river, they have underwater fresh springs which makes for great fishing,” he said. Those who are keen to land a barra will be pleased to hear the Daintree River is fishing quite well.
“The Daintree would be my number one pick this weekend,” Matt said.
“We’ve had enough time for the rain to drop, that run off water would clear up.
“It’ll be fishing better, I know there’s plenty of good barra to get into up there.
“If you’re inshore look for moving water, it stirs fish to feed.
“Focus on snag fishing, drift along and cast a few lures and soft plastics and work the tides.”