Weather better for weekend
GIANT trevally and Spanish mackerel will be the target species this weekend.
After a run of bad, windy weather, the conditions for the reef are looking very promising at a predicted 5 knots from Friday to Sunday.
The coral reef fin fish closure coincides with this weekend on Friday to Wednesday.
The closure means coral trout, cod, emperor, nannygai, sweetlips and tropical snapper (see tip) are off limits.
It makes way for the fish’s spawning period during the new moon. The next coral reef fin fish closure will run from November 5 to 9.
Dylan at Nautical Marine Sales said not all hope is lost for decent fishing this weekend.
“We do have good tides and it’s calm weather so I would go out and chase mackies and GT,” he said.
“You can put a serious focus into one of those species.
“The bigger tides this weekend tend to give you more defined pressure points, where there’s a lot of water rushing into a point of the reef or bombie and that’s generally a good way to find bait and that’s where your bigger predators would hang around.”
Dylan said GT can be spotted or targeted by eye as you cruise along the water.
“You look for bait activity along reef points and the bait is normally controlled by the current lines and pressure points,” he said.
“The bait would be pushed there and they then sit there for protection.
“I suggest for people to watch your sounder, you will see those bigger mackerel on there.”
Cast stick baits, poppers and focus your trolling in those baited pressure points in the current which can be seen by eye.
Dylan said the best time this weekend would be towards the peak of the tide or the fastest tide, so usually the last two hours of the high or the low.
“Concentrate your trolling in certain active points and the tide direction,” he said.
“That will increase your catch rate. Isolated smaller reefs like Satellite Reef and Pixie reef are really good for bigger mackerel.”
Fishing in the creeks and rivers have improved due to the “seasonal switch” in wind and weather.
“It’s definitely a good time to fish for the jack and barra,” Dylan said. “The big tides are generally pretty good, it’ll be a good weekend to fish in the snags and the smaller creeks.”