The Cairns Post - - LIFESTYLE -

WITH the bar­ra­mundi spawn­ing clo­sure in force, it’s time for es­tu­ary and river lure fish­er­men to turn their at­ten­tions to the hard-fight­ing man­grove jack.

Man­grove jacks have re­ally burst into an ag­gres­sive mode as we fast ap­proach sum­mer.

Smaller-style min­now lures like Yo-Zuri Crys­tal Min­now 90mm and soft plas­tic prawn im­i­ta­tions like the Ecooda Live Shrimp re­ally work well.

Soft plas­tics work well cast un­der the shaded over­hang­ing man­groves around the roots as the high tide drains off.

Cast­ing the snags and gut­ters around the low tides are also pro­duc­tive.

Live bait fish­er­men re­cently have seen an in­flux of qual­ity man­grove jacks tak­ing live mul­let, sar­dines and mud her­ring on the sunken tim­ber and struc­ture.

Ob­vi­ously man­grove jacks fre­quent sim­i­lar lo­ca­tions to bar­ra­mundi and if a barra is hooked, it must be re­leased im­me­di­ately.

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