Slow cyclone recovery but fishing still solid
  |  First Published: May 2011

Recovery mode up here at Port Hinchinbrook seems to be going at snails pace due to insurance companies, politics and poor management.

Regardless of what the media are reporting it seems to me that the smaller communities are all being shafted up here.

On the fishing front there has been plenty of barra caught by locals and the few visitors to the area. Anywhere on the flats that has snags present are holding good schools of smaller barra. They are easily caught with shallow diving lures. with bombers being particularly productive.

Quite a few threadfin around the 3kg mark have been taken in the shallows, however their big brothers in the deeper waters provide the most action. One client last month hooked up to possibly the biggest threadfin I have ever seen. The long and arduous fight had us convinced we had a shovelnose ray on the line, until this monster appeared on the surface about 30ft out from the boat. The fish had to be around the 25kg mark, and after another big run down river it broke us on one of the many snags in the channel. Can’t have everything go your way but it would have been nice to get a photo!

It’s amazing how much the channel has changed since Cyclone Yasi struck in early February. It washed out a lot of sand and provided more exposed rock and structure, creating some great new fishing spots. Once the Herbert River settles and the monsoonal periods end the fishing is really going to go off and all these new areas created should be prime spots for fingermark and the odd black jew.

As per usual, May should be one of the best months for fishing. The barra and most inshore species will fire and a few Spanish mackerel will start showing on the inshore islands and headlands. The weather should be ideal for fishing the reefs this month. Reef fish just love this time of year as many species move back to waters shallower than 20m in search for warmer water. The best time to fish is always the making tides up to each moon.

While visiting Otter Reef recently, I was amazed by the amount of coral up in the shallows, which produced swags of trout and other reef fish. The greens have spouting a different story in the media, saying that Yasi destroyed the coral reefs. They have even used old file footage of bleaching events from other reefs to push their somewhat questionable agendas.

I hope to be back out at the reef soon with an underwater camera, so I can post the footage on the Internet to show how these environmentalists might be trying to twist things their way. I’m all for looking after our oceans and ensuring fishing is sustainable but I don’t think the greens have to be so nasty in their one sided pursuits.

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