The high tides of the Black Moon did not disappoint once again!
The live bait was the key factor as usual. It took a few extra throws of the net, but the patience was rewarded.
Not as many Barras were hooked as the previous set of big tides, but the Queen Fish and Gt’s were plentiful.
While the fast flowing morning current pushed on to the pressure points,we were anchoring very close to the mangroves.
Some casting skill is required to land the live baits as close as possible to the shore. Queenfish are a most acrobatic species and are consistent jumpers,leaping high into the air in their desperate bid to shake the hook.
Gt’s never jump,but pull the drag hard and steady to the bitter end. The deep runs in the inlet had consistent action between tides when the current was slow enough.
Once again the small reef sharks kept us busy baiting up and re-tying leaders.
The full moon is one week away! Fishing Cairns Inlet is by far the best on the three days after the full moon. Once again big incoming morning tides.
Hoped for one more decent rainfall, it is now April and it looks like the wet just did not arrive this year. The smaller tides preceding the upcoming black moon have been very favorable.
We have been able to fish the deep 20 meter channels and there have been consistent catches of Threadfin Salmon, good Fingermark, Tarpon, Queenies and GT’S.
And there have also been plenty of reef sharks to keep both the anglers and the guide busy!
The definite Highlight of the past week was a massive, approximate 1.2 metre Monster Barramundi. The reason I say approximate is because a large Bull Shark helped himself to the tail end right by the boat as the landing net was on standby! Check the photo and you can see the damage a shark can do to a trophy Barra. We have a video of the Barra being brought in, I will upload it to youtube and link to it with the next fishing report.
The black moon is only 5 days away! That means the big incoming morning tides are building and will soon be pushing on to the pressure points! Cairns Trinity Inlet will be firing.
The big predators prefer these tides over any other!
The last week fishing Cairns Inlet started out with heavy rain! One morning we donned the rain gear even before the charter began!
It poured the whole session and even the pockets of our rain coats were full of water. Still almost 30 degrees and the fish were biting, everyone was smiling.
Akari outfished her man Laury and after several awesome jumps landed a beauty Queenfish on a live mullet.
Tony from Sydney hooked up to a couple of acrobatic Tarpon and since he was flying out on the day he was not concerned that Tarpon are not the best eating.
Team Sweden took on Team Australia in a friendly live bait fishing competition a couple days ago. It went neck and neck until HEINRICH and MAX landed a very respectable Queenie that ensured the win for the smiling Swedes!! The Swedish Queenfish was later introduced to the Aussi BBQ!
In general the rains gave Trinity Inlet a much needed flush. The live bait was a little hard to find,but putting in the extra effort paid off and made for good fishing.
The last 4 morning tides in Trinity Inlet have made for top fishing conditions. The black moon was Wednesday the 9th and the tide has been running very strong on to the pressure points each morning.
Ideal conditions to anchor close to the mangroves and present live baits to the patrolling predators.
Our new friends Peter and Bruce from the Legends of the Sea cruise ship each got a fine Barra 78 and 68cm respectively.
Also,well above legal size Fingermark and nice GT’S have also been taken by our friends Bruce and Sherry.
Rowan and Ross from NSW landed several Queenfish up to 70 cm.
With the upcoming smaller tides we will be able to fish the deep channels and wrecks.
The live bait continues to be abundant in the right places.
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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.