Quality barra being landed on the beaches
  |  First Published: April 2017

Once again, it doesn’t look like our wet season is going to be too aggressive. From Townsville north, things have been very average, but south of Townsville right down the coast the rainfall has been below average.
There was a lot of talk during the lead up to the wet this year as to what was going to happen, with varying opinions among the experts. There has also been the prediction of up to 12 cyclones – they want to hurry up and happen soon before it’s all over.

The only area of the country to benefit from above average rainfall this year is the north west, with Darwin and areas to the south receiving the best rains. It has been the best they have had for some years now.

Fishing in the past month has seen some reasonable results for most species. Barra have been fishing well off the beaches with several fish over the metre mark being caught on livies. The biggest so far being a 127cm fish caught by one of my students and another at 126cm by a local woman. It’s great to have a place where people have the chance to land quality fish off the beach. Another one of our local students, Stan, who also works at the local tackle store managed a 108cm and a 112cm fish the month before and regularly catches fish around the 80cm mark too.

Offshore has been pretty good by all reports. When the south easterlies are blowing the fish have been chewing. Some real good trout for this period of the year have been caught a little shallower than normal as well. A few reports of reds have come through but they have been mostly a bit wider. Some of the wonky hole country in our region has been a little inactive too and that’s because of four or more failed wets now. We can always look forward to them flowing again during the next wet cycle whenever that comes.

There has been some good GTs at Eva Island for the sport anglers, but beware the amount of giant bull and bronze whalers there. I was filming with ET recently and caught some good ones but they were all harassed by the big sharks and one was almost taken from our hands while releasing it. The same sharks mauled a spearfisher a few weeks later and unfortunately he lost his leg and almost his life. These sharks have been aggressive there for some time now, so a word of warning, as they will approach you if you’re swimming. As soon as you pull up they will come up under your boat for a look.

During April I would expect a good month for barra and most inshore fish and this is always the case for the early autumn period. Any previous floodwaters have well and truly run off by now, unless we get a late season event, and this should bring fishing in the salt back to its best. It can also produce some early winter species such as Spaniards, northern blues and golden trevally. They are a welcome group of species to many inshore anglers with the Spaniards being the top of the list.

The Hinchinbrook channel will surprise you with the different species that visit. It’s not uncommon to see giant Spaniards spearing out of the water and also catch doggie macs and cobia well upstream in mangrove creeks. Giant GTs and queenies also abound in there at times. It can really throw some surprises at you, this place we call home.

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