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.

Giant Trevally April 2016

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.

Cheers and Tight Lines

John H