Follow the fresh for sooty
THE forecast is looking very unpredictable this time of year.
Winds are set to blow up this weekend.
Dylan said with thunderstorms around, heading out to the reef wouldn’t be the wisest thing to do.
“It might seem flat and you get out there and suddenly storms are approaching,” he said.
“You get those scores of wind that come through and it’s not the funnest thing to be out in.
“I haven’t heard of many great catches out there at the moment.”
Dylan said poking around the rivers and creeks will be the best and safest option this weekend.
“Go in the fresh and chase the jungle perch and sooty grunter,” he said.
“They tend to like those windy and stormy weathers.
“You’d get a lot of fish in the afternoon in the fresh water sections.
“Lures are the way to go, so you can cover a lot more ground.
“I’d use surface lures because they feed on the surface when it’s raining.”
By catch of barramundi are being caught and released, Dylan said that’s a positive sign for next season.
Regular river species such as mangrove jack and decent sized fingermark are getting hooked in the Dickson Inlet and the Daintree River.
“I heard a lot of reports of good sessions where people are getting 10 to 15 jacks a session,” Dylan said.
“They’re mostly getting caught in the afternoons, on surface lures and plastics.
“Use lightly weighted plastics and skip the lure into the snags, that’s the best way to get them.
“The smaller creeks in the Daintree are quite good for jacks.
“Fingermark can be found in the deep holes in the Dickson Inlet.”
Dylan said if the water is calm, the river mouths would be a good option.
“Me and my Dad are catching plenty of queen fish,” he said.
“There are a lot of pelagics coming around, they’re eating big poppers and stickbaits.
“I haven’t got a big GT off the sand this year but I know they’re about.
“Don’t waste time fishing on the mouth when it’s super windy, it’s not the best.”