Not the kind of rain we are used to for this time of year, but some welcome rain regardless.
Some prawns showed up on the low tides and definitely helped the fishing success rate. Plenty of live herring and sardines were about for easy cast netting.
Fishing with live prawns can be hard work, as they are often simply chewed off by the voracious ‘’Pickers’’.
A few Fingermark over 50cm, a number of similar size Gt’s and an assortment of Grunters were the main catch. The best fish landed in the last week ( a couple of small Barra were dropped) was a 75 cm Queen Fish on a live herring.
A good sized Queenie is a great fighter, quite often jumping and leaping more then a Barra of similar size!
The continued forecast for more rain,and the very large incoming morning tides means we should see some solid results fishing the next few mornings.
I have been asked occasionally by people who come out fishing with me that if I had recent fishing reports on my website they would have a much better idea as to what they should expect when fishing with me. After 16 years of fishing the Cairns Inlet this will be my first report.
Towards the back end of February the big incoming morning tides brought on by the build up to the full moon had really improved the fishing in Cairns Inlet.
Although the live bait has become most challenging to get, it has been very worthwhile putting in the extra effort, on the low tides when the mud banks have been exposed the prawns have been abundant.
Mullet bait have been hard to find as well,but each one on the hook has produced at least a Barra take, if not a hook up, the best Barra in the last week was an 85 cm beauty boated by a Unity on a large Mullet. The most common size Barramundi caught were from 60cm to 70cm long.
In addition to Barramundi UK visitor Johnno boated an awesome 70 cm Fingermark on a shallow wreck and local fisho Rob took home a solid 55 cm Grunter on a live prawn near a drain on the run out tide.
The afternoon heat during February had been hard to handle so the mornings have been the better option and most charters in Feb were in the mornings.
We need MORE RAIN and as soon as we get it the catches on our fishing charters within Cairns Inlet will improve considerably.