Report 4/5/17

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Report 4/5/17

Post by subeditor » Thu May 04, 2017 2:22 pm

The seasons have changed, the days are getting shorter, the water temperatures have dropped, the currents have changed, the south east trade winds are with us and basically we are into the next stage of winter fishing. There is a lot of upside to look forward to despite some of our well known species such as barra will take a back seat for awhile.
A lot of focus will turn to the reef where the bottom dwelling species are already fully engaged and the pelagic fishing turns up a notch for the light tackle game fishing. Spanish mackerel will be leading the list along with its cousins including the spotted, school and doggie varieties. Already to date the mackerel numbers have been steadily increasing and the next 2-3 months will see them peak. How good a mackerel season it is going to be is still yet to be determined but there are positive indicators it will be solid. Interestingly the small black marlin started bobbing up periodically a couple of months ago and they are now due to hit their straps. The grounds south of Port Douglas extending down the Fitzroy Island will see a fair bit of traffic especially if the word spreads they are there in numbers. The key to success in the light tackle scene is a supply of bait. If the bait schools are healthy then the pelagic activity will follow suit.
As already mentioned the reef action itself is already in full swing. The change in current from the south has triggered all our targeted species including coral trout, emperors, nannygai, reef jack, trevally and a host of other top notch table eating fish. Sometimes you do not need to travel as far as you think with locations inside of the reef and between the mainland fishing extremely well. The action is pretty wide spread with handy numbers of fish coming up from the shallows right out to the deep water where the bigger models are found. Dodging the south easterly winds is the only concern which have already shown signs that they can linger around for days on end. The days following the quarter moon into the full moon seem to attract the stronger winds. Outside of this with ideal day temperatures at hand there’s nothing better than spending a wonderful day on the reef where catching a feed of fish is not overly hard. Inshore reefs, rubble patches and wrecks will also fish well in the coming month for both bottom and surface species.
Inshore our rivers and creeks have seen the water temperature drop quite low putting the likes of barra into a slumber and slowing down the metabolism of our mangrove jack and fingermark. However species such as bream, grunter, trevally and queenfish remain mostly active especially when the water clarity is at a premium. Live bait is around in good numbers and should always be a priority choice, however lures and soft plastics will work well in the clear water. If the winds whip up and the water turns to ‘coffee’ switching to dead bait baits such as mullet strips, squid and prawns will keep a reel turning. In the harder conditions it is imperative to fish with the wind and tide going in the same direction. If they are working against each other the calmer waters turn into a washing machine and its extremely hard to produce anything significant. If you are still keen to entice a barra, small lures are best fishing pockets of water which have the most sunlight hitting it during the day. If you can source live prawns suspending them under a float even better. Even a slight increase in water temperature will attract barra and the shallow back eddies with a bit of structure and sunlight are worth working over.
In a nutshell calm days with calm water is the only green light you need to hit the water and go out and enjoy a spot of fishing with the anticipation you’ll reap the rewards.

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