Calm winds and big tides over weekend
THERE are still some nice barra around Boathaven Beach and where the rockwalls meet the mangroves further in Muddy Bay, near the entrance to Port of Airlie.
This is also a good place to target grunter, mangrove jacks and estuary flatheads. Fishing for these species are great fun for the kids. There are big tides this weekend, so fish the bottom of the tides off the shores for best results.
This weekend will provide a good chance to head out to the islands as the breeze drops right back.
There will be big, fast moving tides, so try fishing the inside of the fringing reef on the incoming tide and the outside of the reef in the outgoing tides. Geoff Philp Airlie Bait and Tackle
The building tides to next week’s full moons means there should be ample crabs about.
Grunter are also being caught at Wilson’s Rocks, at the mouth of the river. Target them on the slack tides.
If you’re chasing barra or threadies, try fishing the run offs up-river.
It’s a great time to head to the dam, as the barra bite will improve as the full moon approaches, and you can fish through the day and into the night. The south-easterly winds have cooled the water temperature down, so chase the barra in the warmer water around the shallow weed beds and points, and the deep timber in the river course. Dayne Thompson Prosperine Bait and Tackle
There is nothing to report from the reef over the last week, but it is look- ing much more positive for this coming weekend. The full moon is on Monday, 17 March so there will be a bit of tidal movement over the weekend and I would anticipate good fishing for all species.
This could be a great opportunity to get out to the reef as we just don’t know when the next windy period will turn up! Ashley Matthews Sea Fever Sportfishing