PELAGICS PROVE TOP PICKINGS
WITH the Coral Reef fin fish closure over the last five days, in which bottom species like coral trout have been off limits, blue water fishermen have concentrated on targeting pelagics.
Spanish mackerel have been the main catch and while conditions were a little rough last weekend, the seas have been kind during the week.
Some nice spaniards have been taken jigging the wrecks with high-speed metal jigs, as well as trolling deep-diving lures like the Samaki Pacemakers on the reef edges and ridges of Pixie Reef, Oyster Reef and Sudbury Reef.
Cobia and trevally have also been regular catches jigging the wrecks, while some impressive giant trevally have been caught casting poppers over the shallow bommies.
The Cairns Inlet fished excellently this week with a big influx of mangrove jacks being caught on live sardines, mud herring and mullet.
Fingermark, estuary cod, blue salmon, trevally and the occasional barramundi have also been caught. With the barramundi spawning closure in force, any incidental barramundi catches must see the fish released unharmed quickly to the water.
The Daintree and southern river systems including Hinch-
TOP CATCH: Blackout Charters has been catching plenty of spanish mackerel jigging the wrecks during the reef closure this week.