New era on Horizon
  |  First Published: October 2010

Finally the sun is shining up here in the electorate of Kennedy, in more ways than one!

I won’t harp on too much on the political side of things but there is the possibility we could see opportunities return among our communities after years of neglect where I think we have become the dumping ground for green preferential favours and crippling policies that affect fishers, farmers, tour operators, mining and all of the spin-off industries attached.

On the fishing front, some good periods of light winds and sunny days have given many the opportunity to venture out wide.

I managed to get out a few times and as usual the Great Barrier Reef did not disappoint. Trout were the best captures, but the red throat emperor were a little quiet.

We found some great new red spots wide off Otter Reef while trolling for billfish and a quick drop easily produced a few decent emperor around 6kg.

There were no baitschools or gannets working in the shipping lane over a three week period, so I suspect the juvenile blacks are a bit late with the warmer winter this year. However there are some good packs of resident sailfish around the reef entrances and corners.

I spoke to a number of anglers at the ramp and most said they had some great Spaniard fishing and two anglers had encounters with sailfish. It looks like the billfish division in the Port Hinchinbrook Big Fish tournament will see sailfish being the better species to target if the little blacks don’t show.

In the estuaries there have been some good reports of grunter now that the weather has calmed down. Other inshore anglers have been reporting some good catches of doggy and spotted mackerel with most traditional methods working well.

In October I expect most anglers’ attention will be focused on the barra. The Hinchinbrook Channel provides numerous creeks that have deep rubble and rocky bottoms in the holes as well as expansive snag lined flats that are available to lure casters and fly fishers.

The bigger barra will most likely be in the holes. Fish up to about 80cm can be located in the shallows, but during the hotter months you do see a few 1m+ fish right up in the shallow water.

When using live bait in the holes it pays to use larger mullet or garfish if you can find them. Sometimes the mullet are thick and easy to catch but if they are not around then look for garfish around the current lines as a good alternative.

Otherwise call Mick and Lynda at the Port of Call tackle shop at the Port Hinchinbrook boat ramp as they quite often have live mullet available for sale.

Anglers can also look forward to the return of big threadfin salmon and fingermark in October. These fish are a great alternative to barra during our closed season. The barra closed season starts at midday 1 November.

If you would like to come up for a fish in October then give me a call on 0418538170 straight away, as there won’t be many days available.

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