Fishing to perk up after rain
THE wet season has flushed out creeks to breath a bit of life into the local systems.
Andrew from Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach said things will perk up now since the rain has stopped.
“People have been catching mangrove jacks up the creeks,” he said.
“The creeks have had a good flush so you’ll find the bite to be a bit slow at the moment.
“But it’ll only get better from now since it’s been sunny.”
Andrew said it’s not too bad for crabbing and conditions will only get better once the full moon comes around.
Conditions for the reef are predicted to be a bit choppy, especially for smaller vessels.
It’s predicted to blow up to 20 knots on Saturday and come down to 15 to 20 knots on Sunday.
So Andrew suggests fishing out front.
“I’d go for grunter out the front along the beaches and headlands,” he said.
“Salmon would also be on my radar too.
“It’s really neap tides this weekend, there’s only a change of about 80cm so there’s not much run at all.
“Neap tides make it much easier for beach fishing.
“Salmon and grunter hang around more on the neap tides compared to barra and jack who love the run.”
Mangrove jack have been a popular catch this summer.
The best time to hook a firey jack this weekend is just before or after the tide change.
“Try and cast during that little bit of run before it slows down,” Andrew said.
Andrew said fishos who have had a chance to get to the reef have been kept busy.
“Trout, reds and sweetlips are being caught out on the reef,” he said.
“Mackerel and GT about too.
“Sailfish will be happening from now until march.
“They’re a good novelty size sportfish on light tackle and you chase them the same you would marlin.”
Barra season doesn't reopen until February 1 but Bransfords are already preparing.
“Barra see lures differently to what we do,” Andrew said.
“They see it in a UV spectrum so we have UV plastics and lures in stock and a backlight in store so you can see how the barra sees your lure.
“It’s very interesting.” are