Barra Bite Back
  |  First Published: July 2008

Fishing the past month has still been a bit restrictive for offshore anglers.

Anglers up here in the north have been keen to get out and have a crack at the big Spaniards and billfish. But the trade winds have been very limiting lately. Charter operators in the north have been doing it tough this year, with the bad weather on top of current economic issues and all of the bad publicity from state and federal fishery legislators, chasing fishing tourists away from North Queensland.

But it’s not all doom and gloom up here at Hinchinbrook as we have one of the best fisheries and natural assets available on the north east coast and we are still attracting our fair share of visitors. You would be mad not to visit this pristine part of the country.

When the winds blow we are blessed with many protected islands and headlands, which allow you to still get out and have a good day on the water. If you’re into freshwater fishing there are some great opportunities for giant jungle perch and sooties in the Tully River and its adjacent streams. If you are keen on this style of fishing call in and see Roley Newton from Tackleworld in Tully or give him a call and he will point you in the right direction.

Locally I have only heard reports about the golden grunter, they have begun their annual aggregation. Missionary Bay has seen the best reports so far, and the grunter should now go through to the end of the year especially around the lead up to the new moon.

Personally I have been mainly chasing our winter barra and have still been catching plenty of big fellas. As the barra are down deep, targeting them with lures is a little difficult. Most are being taken live baiting, however the odd fish are hitting soft plastics and the Bozo grubs have been most successful when jigged down in the deeper holes.

During the next month we hope to get some reasonable weather conditions so we can get our dose of offshore fun. Apart from Spaniards and billfish, we have some pretty impressive GT that haunt the local wrecks and fringing reef flats. Tossing big poppers and slices will usually end up with some pretty spectacular pursuits from these aquatic warlords, so and make sure your back and arms are in 4WD as a big specimen will sort out most people. Big queenfish and golden trevally are also due to show up and will provide great entertainment for sportfishers.

Next month hopefully I will have some offshore reports. If you are interested in visiting Hinchinbrook and you want some information on the area or want to book a charter give me a call. You can reach me on 07 4068 6057.

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