Report 4/1/19

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Report 4/1/19

Post by subeditor » Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:39 pm

There’s no denying that our tropical region has kick started its wet season and this was initiated by Ex-Cyclone Owen which dumped copious amounts of rain, not once but on two separate occasions in late December and early January. The short term pain of bad weather at the time now should be showing the long term benefits of what a good rain can do to a fishery. Landscapes were completely changed and new leases of life were created all serving for the greater cause.

With barra season now open one would have expected them to have already bred and they’ll set into a nice groove moving forward. Local beaches with associated break through creeks will be hotspots to target. On their given day the beaches have been red hot not only for barra but blue salmon, queenfish and tarpon. These fish are all up in the shallows helping themselves to jelly prawns, dault prawns and all types of bait fish. In the rivers and estuaries again run off creeks and causeways where bait tends to funnel will be prime locations. Your bigger fish will be eager to take a big mullet, smash a popper or take any decent sized lure in your tackle box. Fighting for the same presentation at the same spots in the river will be mangrove jack. Already to date they have proven to be the most consistent fish in our calmer waters fishing well even during the wetter, harder times. Fingermark also went to a better level with the assistance of a bit of rain and they’ll fish well in the coming months. The lessons learnt in recent times is to find undisturbed water away from the main current which can be quite dirty on the bigger tides. These might be little side arms branching from the main system, eddies behind natural or even man made structures. These little spots will see the water temperature slightly higher which can make a huge difference if there is a lot of fresh water around and there’s every chance of that in the next month or so. If you are able try and get in a evening/ night time fish as the barra, fingermark and jacks are definitely biting better under the cover of darkness.

Moving out to the reef, the fishing has been a little bit up and down but the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef every day is different. One day you might be scratching around and the next all hell breaks loose. The manic days have had a common thread and that is fishing in the 35-45m metre range if you have the marks. The likes of red emperor and nannygai have shifted from the shallow waters into the deep. It’s not only the reds that have moved but you’ll find all manners of fish in amongst the schools including your big coral trout, spangled emperor, jobfish, cobia and gold and tea-leaf trevallies. In the same breath this also your best chance to pick up a big rogue Spanish mackerel underneath a float at the same locations. The fish overall are not spread out as normal and seem to be more concentrated.

It’s always an unknown as to how much rain is on the horizon but hopefully the early season dumpings have taught us a lesson or two and has put us all in good stead.
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