Prawns to kickstart the rivers
THERE are a lot of secrets fishermen like to keep tight lipped, especially when it comes to barramundi fishing.
Dylan at Nautical Marine Sales in Port Douglas was happy to share a few hints on how to bag a barra before the season close.
“The end of the season, usually around the full moon is great for barra,” he said.
“There are a million ways to catch them.
“It really depends on the situation you’re fishing.
“I like to go the afternoon or nights and to catch those high tides and run-in tides around sunset.
“I’ve always done well this time of year with live bait at the river mouth.”
Dylan said bigger fish, especially in smaller systems, tend to hang around the river mouths.
River systems are kickstarting after recent rain.
“We’ve had a run of jelly prawns which come along with the first rain,” Dylan said.
“When they run, fish like barra and tarpon kick into action.
“Best way to target fish who are feeding on jelly prawns is to flick along the beaches in the early mornings.
“You’ll see them in the water, in a red cloud flicking around.
“Don’t be afraid to cast small lures over there because predators like trevally and even manta ray will be around.
“If the weather’s calm they’ll be around.”
It’s predicted to be another great weekend for reef fishing.
The big tides mean more action on the water.
Dylan said the mackerel have gone a bit quiet but bottom species like trout are still hot on the chew.
“Mackerel tend to dissipate this time of year and the schools start to thin out but you can still catch them everyday of the year,” he said.
“We caught a few trout off the bottom and we found the fish were fairly active.
“Last weekend, a lot of people did okay but not exceptionally well.
“It’s good to have a plan before you go out there to target anything from coral trout to marlin essentially.
“Big marlin are getting around at the shelf and people are out there chasing yellow fin tuna and wahoo too.”
Trolling at the shelf has proved to be effective according to Dylan.