Webbed feet! That’s what I’ll be growing soon after all of our recent rainy days. If you wanted to go fishing, you had to be prepared to get wet.
I think Hinchinbrook’s fishing is going to improve as the year progresses, especially once all the small barra that have been flushed out of the creeks and rivers get a bit of size on them. That shouldn’t take too long with all of bait that is around, especially on the flats. The wolf herring have been having a field day chopping up the schools.
The water has dropped about 6 so look for barra in the warmer, shallower water. Once you find the bait cast slowly to the structure and you will find the fish. The drains in the small boat passage will start to work in the cooler days and you will need a really shallow diving lure. I recommend using a gold Bomber.
May’s fishing was slow with a few keeper grunter and lots of small barra hooking up in 5 Mile. We found plenty of small barra on the flats feeding on prawns; they were mostly small, darker fish from up the creeks.
The sand flats of both Garden and Goold have been pelagic hot spots. Some good queenies have been caught on lures and bait but a large groper was hiding underneath anchored boats and snaffling fish as they were worked to the boat. The rocks of Garden Island produced some fun trevally on poppers whilst the sand flats were producing plenty of grunter.
The wrecks southeast of Eva Rock have been on the go with some big cobia hooked, golden trevally, GTs and just legal nannygai being caught by anglers. Eva’s fingermark have slowed down but a abundance of pelagic action has kept anglers interested, just look for the birds working.
The Hinchinbrook Channel has been fishing well with bait anglers getting good size flathead, trevally and big grunter from the flats on the run-out tide. We fished the channel hard for jelly prawns recently and caught plenty of barra working lures around the roots of mangroves. If you were able to find the prawns, then you found the fish.
The rock bars have been holding good size barra that have been slow to hook-up, but tarpon have been crazy. We had a great time sportfishing for big tarpon on poppers. Speaking of poppers, my mate Chris Jones recently caught and released a 1m+ barra on a popper on the wreck near Hecate Point.
Some good size crabs have been taken lately. The crabs have even been found walking the streets on occasion and our local paper delivery man found a nice buck walking a street close to Meunga Creek ramp whilst delivering the news. Needless to say it finished up in the pot! That’s how I like to catch crabs - no mud or mess in the boat!
Poppers have been the best lures for us with the Leads in blue, FlatRatz and gold Bombers all working well.
Safe boating and remember ‘fish for the future, practice catch and release’.Reads: 791