PELAGICS PROVE TOP PICKINGS

The Cairns Post - - LIFESTYLE -

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-

In­brook Chan­nel (Mis­sion­ary Bay) along with the Mur­ray River, Dal­lachy and Me­unga Creeks have seen qual­ity grunter caught around the sand bar mouths on fresh prawns and squid baits. Finger­mark have been ac­tive in the deep holes with live sar­dines and soft

TOP CATCH: Blackout Char­ters has been catch­ing plenty of span­ish mack­erel jig­ging the wrecks dur­ing the reef clo­sure this week.

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