Have a flick in the fresh rivers
MOTHER nature has created the perfect storm for fishos.
The recent rainfall means freshwater fishing has kicked into gear, according to Julian at Nautical Marine Sales.
“Fresh water species have been going pretty well,” he said.
“Things like jungle perch, tarpon and mangrove jack are starting to fire up.
“I’d be focusing on the fresh water action, jungle perch will be one to target at the moment.
“Once the floodwaters flush out the prawns should start to come on at the beach fronts.”
Julian said he’d be fishing in the river systems this weekend.
“After a good flush out they fish really well,” Julian said.
“We’ve got a few jack in the Daintree last weekend.
“Give the large systems a few days to clear out, smaller systems like Saltwater Creek, Mossman River and the Mowbray will be good providing it doesn’t rain.”
The prawns flush out as they can’t tolerate the fresh water, that means larger predators will be feeding on the beaches and flats soon.
“Once it [the creeks] start to run a bit clearer you’ll start to see herring pushed along the beachfronts,” he said.
“Then things like queenfish and GT will come out on the flats and the beaches.
“Definitely worth casting poppers or metal slugs.”
Reef fishing could be a risk this weekend.
Fishos will keep an eye out for Cyclone Owen which is predicted to make a return from the Gulf to the east coast region.
Storms and rough weather are also forecast for Friday and Saturday.
Winds are expected to blow up to 30 knots on Saturday and to ease on Sunday.
Boaties are urged to double check the weather conditions before heading out on the water.
Julian said he wouldn’t stay too far from the coastline.
“We might venture out to the inshore reefs, the close areas where you can sit behind Snapper Island or some sort of shelter if it gets a bit hairy,” he said.
“It’d be worth having a poke around.
“After the rain and with a bit of cloud coverage the reef fish might come a lot more on the bite.”
Inshore reefs and wonky holes should produce some decent fingermark and nannygai.