Time to target the coral trout
FISHOS are hoping for a cracker of a weekend.
Winds are predicted to be no more than 10 knots.
Dylan at Nautical Marine Sales in Port Douglas said although there was closures last weekend, the water was still full of action.
“I managed to get out and get a couple of mackerel,” he said.
“There were plenty of GT getting about too on those bigger tides near Port Douglas.
“This weekend should be another nice weekend, though the tides are slowing down as they move towards the much smaller run.”
If you’re chasing mackerel, Dylan suggests using a range of lures and set ups while trolling.
“The rigged garfish with a woghead are generally the way to go but they bite on hard bodies as well,” he said.
“Use a good mixture of things to troll with at once.
“Some of those lures are quite loud so that could get the fish’s attention.”
Dylan said hooking mackerel in the same spot with that method is a possibility.
The Coral Reef Fin Fish closure which took place last weekend allowed for most species to catch a break and breed during the new moon.
Dylan said after a closure is normally a good time to chase reef species.
“It should be a good weekend for reef fishing,” he said.
“They’ve had that time off so it can be good to target reef species after their break.”
Coral trout will be a target species this weekend and Dylan said flicking lures for them will keep things interesting.
“On the reef flats I like using mid-range to smaller sinking stickbaits – I recommend Nomad Madscads.”
River mouths will soon attract pelagics as the water starts to clear up, according to Dylan.
“It’s a good time to be chasing the pelagics in the river mouths,” he said.
“GTs and large queenfish will start to come through around Cairns and up towards the Daintree.
“They generally associate with that clear water in the rivers which could be around the end of the week.”
Jacks are getting caught in good numbers in local waterways and barra have been a bit elusive but are still getting hooked.