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Report 15/4/16

Post by subeditor » Fri Apr 15, 2016 1:44 pm

Despite rain before Easter and further follow up rain during early April the ocean water temperatures would have only dropped slightly. High water temperatures are certainly having an effect on blue water fishing in general with lethargic fish only biting at peak tide change periods. With dominating winds now the cooler south easterlies and periodic rain we should see a slow decrease in water temperatures as we get deeper into April. Spanish mackerel certainly appreciate the cooler water temperatures and the end of April usually signals the start of the Spaniards schooling up. At present the odd fish is being caught on live baits and pilchards which need to be sunk to the fish’s deeper feeding zones. As water temperatures drop the mackerel will school up thicker and as the bait schools rise in the water column so too will the mackerel and start feeding on the surface.

Coral trout have remained resilient during the high water temperatures and are still being caught in reasonable numbers on the bommies in the 30-40 meter depth ranges. Large bar-checked coral trout have often been caught on the deep isolated rocks were largemouth nannygai are normally caught. Largemouth nannygai & red emperor have certainly headed to the deeper water with most decent catches coming from 50 meter plus depths as they look for cooler water. While fish are marking in many locations it is difficult to get sustained bites going. Unfortunately, Sharks continue to be thick both inshore and offshore and are certainly active pouncing on hooked fish. With cooler temperature just around the corner blue water fishing should improve dramatically in the near future.
Early April rain has freshened up the local rivers and estuaries that have continued to fish very well. The Cairns Inlet has fished as good as any other Far North Queensland system with some excellent catches of barramundi, mangrove jacks, fingermark, queenfish and trevally on live baits. Cairns has been fortunate with consistent rain that has prawns, mullet and sardines readily available for the live bait fishermen. Metre plus barramundi are regularly being caught locally from the main jetty structures including Sailfish Quay & the Palm Cove Jetty. The soft plastic vibes have accounted for many of these fish with the “Fuze Pulse Vibes” factory fitted with heavy hooks working exceptional well.
I believe the early wet season rain Cairns received in December has contributed to the sustained excellent fishing the inlet is enjoying. Bull Sharks have also been thick in the Cairns Inlet particularly in the deep hole adjacent to the Bulk Sugar Terminal. Many quality fish have been lost to these feeding machines. The southern rivers including the Russell River have also fished well recently with numbers of Queenfish being caught both on live baits and surface poppers, fizzers and walkers. Hinchinbrook Channel has seen a great run of fingermark caught on live baits and soft plastics along with some big grunter bait fishing the flats. Mud Crabs have also been stirred up with the recent rain and are reported in good numbers.
With consistent rain freshwater fishing has been a little hit & miss as many creeks and rivers have fluctuated in clarity since before Easter. Many Easter fishermen & campers were disappointed with their favourite sooty grunter hot spots due to the rain ensuring muddy roads, dirty creeks and tough fishing. Most coastal systems have cleared recently and are fishing well again including the Russell, Murray & Tully Rivers. Sooty grunters have been the main catch on small surface lures like the Strada Chaos poppers & walkers. Small barramundi, Jungle perch & tarpon are also taking lures.
With the full moon just after Easter many anglers fished Tinaroo Dam and plenty of monster barramundi were caught. Tackle World Cairns staffer Jason Boor & a few mates fished the Dam over the Easter break landing over 20 barras including a new PB for Jason measuring 1.30m. Jason’s monster fish was caught a 6” Pearl Zman Swimmerz soft plastic. Many other meter plus fish have been taken from the Dam over the past month and fishing should remain good with the warm weather. The stealth Kayakers continue to enjoy the most success trolling soft plastics short in the paddle turbulence.

The Gulf & river catchments finally received much needed monsoonal rain before Easter which flooded several rivers. The road between Normanton & Karumba at Walkers Creek was closed for a week and re-opened in time for fishermen competing in the Karumba Community Anglers Classic. Fishing has improved greatly with barramundi moving back into the creeks as they clean and taking trolled and cast lures. King salmon have also been prevalent along with black jewfish. The local wrecks have also fished well jigging soft plastic vibes on fingermark and numerous arm stretching trevally species.

Erskine's Tackle Wolrd
51 Mulgrave Road, Cairns QLD 4870
Ph: 07 4051 6099

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