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Gone Fishing Report

10/September/2021

The wind and rain we received last week put most anglers off fishing, however those who braved the elements reported better than expected catches. The winds did come down enough to allow the larger boats to travel to the islands on Sunday, however I have received no reports.

On a more positive front, the estuaries fished extremely well considering the adverse weather. My good friend Dave Bradley was guiding in the Hinchinbrook channel and raised good numbers of Barra for his client, even during those super wet days leading up to last weekend. The water quality in some of the coastal creeks was definitely too dirty to fish the estuaries, however anglers were able to tempt Barra, Tarpon, and Sooty Grunter by fishing the flooded drains and feeder creeks that ran into these systems. The drains in the Johnstone, Tully, and Murray all offered opportunities.

Whenever the weather is a problem, the ever-reliable Hinchinbrook Channel will always offer some opportunities. Over the last week, there have been good reports of both Barra and Mangrove Jacks being caught from the sheltered waters in the heart of the channel, as well as some of the northern creeks, both on the island and coastal sides of the system.

Reports have also come in from land-based anglers managing to catch Grunter, Whiting, and Flathead in and around the Cardwell foreshore. The Cardwell foreshore is protected from the South Easterlies and there are many land-based opportunities on offer from Port Hinchinbrook at the southern end right through to Meunga Creek at the northern extremity. Because of the shallow nature of the foreshore, most of the opportunities are on the top half of the tide. The added bonus is that you can pop up to one of the numerous cafes and get a coffee if it starts to rain!

At this very early stage of the week, the various weather reports have the sea conditions at around 15 knots on Sunday and dropping off as the weekend progresses, with ideal conditions on Sunday afternoon and Monday. Looking at this forecast, it is a little early to say if outside fishing will be okay. I will be getting my boat ready and watching closely. After three weeks of bad weather, there will be a lot of sickies being taken when conditions become favourable next week.

This weekend, I like the afternoon run in tide to target Barra and Jacks. If you can manage to get on the water early either side of the early morning low, it looks awesome.

After saying that, the trend has been for an afternoon bite, so maybe the afternoon run out tide will get the fish feeding hard.

 If you are fishing for Grunter, I would try either side of the early afternoon high tide.

With the wind expected to drop on Sunday, either side of the evening low tide will be perfect to chase Fingermark around the islands or in the Hinchinbrook channel. The added bonus is that it is not that low, so it should not create too many access problems into the creeks and boat ramps.

Good Fishing

Roly Newton

Tackle World Tully

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