Report 17/3/16

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Report 17/3/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Mar 17, 2016 3:49 pm

BLUEWATER
Finally some rain but nowhere near enough for the flush of the rivers that we need and that goes for the reef as well. The cooling effect that good solid rain has on the ocean has as yet not happened so water Temperatures are well up. This not only makes it not as pleasant out on the water but makes the fish a little or a lot less likely to feed and take a bait or lure. I am a little left of the common belief that flooding and the flush of nutrients are bad for the reef system and feel the reef needs these nutrients to give it plankton flush which feeds the small bait fish which in turn feed the predators that we are out to catch. Without this flush I believe the system doesn’t get the kick along that it needs for all the larger fish to breed and build up the fish stocks. The Coral Trout have moved back up into some shallower water in some locations. Many of these are still a bit shy on the bite but the Spearfishers have been getting a few of good tablesize. During this hot dry spell we have been getting reports of plenty of fish from the divers but the warm water has meant they were not very hungry. The end of the breeding season usually means the fish are hungry and we get a period of good fishing. That usually coincides with the end of the wet season. With a very ordinary wet season I hope that bite period still comes and maybe this Monsoon system that is about at the moment will dump on us and everything will get back to normal. Mackerel Trevally and Tuna are still about for those chasing them, with some large Trevally being caught on Poppers around the pressure points of the reefs.

INSHORE
A bit more rain for the rest of this week giving us a bit of a flush in the local rivers and we should see some more of the Prawns that have been about. The recent run of Prawns has seen some Salmon, both Blue And King about along with some large Barramundi along the foreshores. If we get the rain to bring on the run of Prawns to line up with the Full Moon on Wednesday 23rd that should see some fish turn up on the Hospital Flats and headlands. The summer high Tides are getting lower as we get into Autumn so there will not be as much depth of water over the Flats but a run of Prawns will override that and Grunter, Salmon and the various other species will show up. A flush out will also see our headlands fire up with Fingermark. Prawns are the main diet for many of our local species so the flush and run of Prawns is vital to our local fishing. Barramundi have been caught in the inlet recently on live Prawn, with many in that 60-80cm range making them perfect size for the table. Much better to eat than a larger fish around the 100cm which should be released to breed and give us an ongoing pool of Barramundi for us all to catch. Whiting and Flathead have showed up around the river and creek mouths in spite of the Temperature and a few keen pumpers have been catching them on live Yabbies at the mouth of the Barron river. The numbers are not high but enough for a good feed, and they are prime eating.
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FRESHWATER
The rain that we have had has freshened up many of our local rivers. While not being anywhere near enough it has seen some more activity from the Sooty Grunter and Jungle Perch. You all know how much I enjoy fishing Poppers and both these Freshwater Sportfish are very keen on them. I often say ‘the higher the sun the deeper the lure’ meaning that Poppers are best morning and evening and deep diving lures for the middle of the day. The exception to this rule is rainy of at least overcast conditions which will see them attack Poppers throughout the day. The crashing strikes right on the surface and at times at your feet make for exciting fishing, everyone should give it a go. Without the big flush to make the rivers run hard a Canoe or Kayak are ideal craft to chase these fish with, however due to the lack of strong run in our local rivers there have been many reports of Salt Water Crocs much further up in the Fresh Water reaches of the rivers so please keep this in mind and be careful. The Western rivers have also had some rain and should be in prime condition for Easter providing we don’t get a big downpour that floods them and turns the roads into a mud run. If you have plans to camp and fish on private property over Easter please check before you go that it is safe and you are not going to get bogged and have to have someone get you out.
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TINAROO DAM
With Easter always aligning with the Full Moon it is always a good time to be at Tinaroo chasing a Barramundi. The down side is that lots of others have the same idea or are up there skiing and generally boating on the Dam. This puts more pressure on everyone to not only be careful but be courteous to all those around. Rest assured that the authorities will be out in numbers so be sure that all your safety equipment is up to date and in good condition. Boating and alcohol do not mix at any time and will be policed over Easter if my information is correct. We are all aware that policing is increased over any Public holiday period so if you are caught do not look for sympathy. Back to our favourite fish the mighty Barramundi. While there are so many users on the water I am sure the Barra duck for cover with the traffic so look for a quiet corner away from the crowds and fish at times when the majority of boats are off the water. That is evening or better still before dawn which gives the fish a chance to settle down overnight after a days activity. I am sure there will plenty of fish caught you will just have to fish a bit smarter. Remember we are all users of this water way so treat other users with respect and courtesy and you will receive it in return.

TIP OF THE MONTH
Tip for this month is all about staying safe over Easter. Firstly take the time to check all your boating safety gear. From the Fire Extinguisher to the Sunscreen that you are going to use on the kids. Be sure that if you are getting into a boat or car at any time that the person in charge has your safety and the safety of others strongly in sight. Do not under any circumstances get in with someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs it is your life they are playing with. Always look after friends as well and don’t let them go either. Safety on the water is a group thing and everybody has a responsibility to keep a eye on others weather they are putting you in a bad situation or you are putting them in a bad situation. A big part of this is old courtesy and respect for those around you and not taking away from someone else enjoyment of the area by your actions no matter how petty you may think they are. Give way even if you feel you may have it and if we all did that there would be a hell of a lot less road or water rage which is blight on all of us. Have a SAFE and enjoyable Easter!

Erskine's Tackle Wolrd
51 Mulgrave Road, Cairns QLD 4870
Ph: 07 4051 6099
sales@erskinestackleworld.com.au

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