Get your barra fix now
FISHOS are looking forward to this weekend.
Conditions look promising, with winds predicted to be no more than 10 knots.
Dylan from Nautical Marine Sales in Port Douglas said there will be plenty to do on the water.
“It looks like the rest of the week will be good,” he said.
“The tides are picking up again so that will bring on some action for sure.”
Dylan said he just hopes the decent weather holds out.
There are only two weeks to go before barra season closes for the year, to reopen February next year.
Dylan said now is the time to get your barra fix.
“They should be around in pretty reasonable numbers,” he said.
“They will be targeted pretty heavily in the next two weeks.
“That little bit of rain should be enough to aggregate the mullet which breed this time of year.”
The recent rain will bring on a lot of action in the local waterways according to Dylan.
“The rain usually gives the rivers a breath of life and the first rain of the year will bring on the prawns,” he said.
“I’m not sure if this rain would be enough for prawns but I’d say the next big wet we get will kickstart the river systems.”
Dylan said there wasn’t much to report on the last weekend as some fishos were scared off by the storms that rolled through.
He said those who did go out hooked into the usual reef species.
Dylan said he hooked up to about 15 giant trevally on a recent trip – his secret is keeping an eye out for bait balls and current points.
“They’re fairly active and abundant,” he said.
“We were just following the bait schools around on the edge of the reefs or next to bombies.
“Big poppers and stickbaits are generally the best ideas to target both mackerel and GT.”
Dylan said he got most of his catch inshore.
“You need reasonable gear for this sort of fishing, the technique is simple though,” he said.
“Shimano size 8000 and above is what I would use and for light jigging you’d want 50lb braid or you can go much heavier if you’re targeting those giants.”