10
Sep

Hit the Inlet to see what lies beneath. Slow night with one random keeper fingermark on a small live prawn.

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A few other random fish, including this unknown (anybody know what it is?). The token tarpon and a couple of small pikey bream that fell in love with the ever irresistible live prawn.

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tampon

17
Jul

Ben from Perth, Tony and myself hit the Trinity Inlet armed with a bucket full of prawns we cast-netted at a local creek. We spent the first couple of hours commenting on how bored we were and just looking at the nothingness. It was too quiet. Then Ben caught a good sized flathead, a rare catch at this spot. All the way from Perth for a flathead, how disappointing, but at least it was a good fish!

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Next up was Tony the tarpon magnet, proving once again nobody can match his superior tarpon angling skills. A very healthy fish this tarpon was and certainly was lively.

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Next up was my turn with a little estuary gold spot cod and Ben was on again with a 34cm fingermark that we forgot to photo. It was Ben’s first fingermark so he was pleased to see on emerge from the depths. The fishing was still very slow with bite windows producing 2 fish at a time. I also caught a sand crab that was a jenny, so back she went.

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The ten more minutes call was made and suddenly we were in again, this time Tony with a 40cm mangrove jack.

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Ben came back with a keeper fingermark that he will no doubt enjoy eating. A beautiful fish too.

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I caught a baby cod which was the last fish of the night.

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So with a bit of perseverance and many, many ten more minute calls, five more, even two more we managed enough fish to give Ben a small sample of what the Trinity Inlet has on offer. Hopefully next time some larger fish come out to play and give us some fair game around the pylons.

14
Jul

We went for a land based fish today. Was hard going with 3-4 GT, 1 queenfish and a fingermark for many, many hours of fishing. I’ve never tried to catch a fish on a vibe lure, so I concentrated on that and managed a small GT and a legal sized fingermark that was quite weighty in tight country on lighter gear.

My first fingermark on a lure which I was just a tad pleased about 😀 We used gulp shrimp, live bait and butterflied herring, the Duo Bivi micro vibe lure out fished them all. Dare say a few more will be making their way into the tackle box.

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We also went last night and caught some trevally and a couple of estuary cod, I took one home for dinner which was quite nice baked, it was a good size and fit into the BBQ with it’s tail hanging out!

14
Jul

Have hit the Barron twice lately in varying conditions, glassed out for nothing except a baby fingermark. Then yesterday we managed half a dozen baby tiddler barra on gulp shrimp with one good fish lost to a snapped leader on the gill raker. Still beats sitting at home!

Someone (not me) needs to clean their brag mat!

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15
Apr

Every now and again the Sunday night BBB (Barra, Beers, BBQ) hunting gathering takes place. Last night saw good water clarity, but frustratingly not much bait around. In fact, it took over 2 hours to get enough bait, even then we needed more.

By about 9:30pm the high tide just sat still for hours. No run was no fun. Eventually we were over waiting for the tide to turn and left, but we agreed that things would have gotten interesting after the turn! Much time was spent fish watching with little queenies smashing bait fish and a lone lion fish doing it’s thing! I got ‘bricked’ by something rather fast, presumably a jack (by the way it scurried home), dropped a ray rushing it to the surface to keep it off the bottom and the usual missed runs while doing something else like casting lures.

Only one keeper and four fish. A 50cm odd barramundi, tail-less GT, a small estuary cod and a 43cm fingermark. The fingermark was kept for my dinner tonight, yum, my favourite! However, not enough fish for Monday BBB 🙁 Maybe next week!

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lionfish

fingermark

26
Mar

We went for another live bait land based fish last night to hopefully exploit the very narrow window that existed around the top of the tide. Quickly gathering some live bait, mostly herring, the cast net started to swim off and Tony dropped a decent cast net barra. Set the livies out and I threw one on the carrot stick baitrunner combo out a bit further and was rewarded with a 66cm barra. Tony decided that a line best be entered in the same region and also threw out a live herring that was totally smashed by a small fingermark. Most people wouldn’t believe how hard these fish can HIT a live bait, was a screaming run but quickly subdued. Tony also caught one of his favourite doubles, a tarpon and an eel.

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11
Mar

Dinner was canceled and a last minute decision was made to go for a fish. I’ve been keen to test some of the latest batch of lures that I’ve come up with. Mostly larger lures with a bit of bulk to them. The plan was to collect live bait, soak a line in the Trinity Inlet and flick a lure around the lights where bait and barra congregate.

It was a fairly quiet night with not many runs, then out of nowhere Tony and I got a double hook up, his was a legal mangrove jack and mine a 60cm barramundi. The mangrove jack was caught on a sardine and the barra on a bony bream. We persisted for another 30-45 minutes with not much result before moving out of the shallow water into the deep not long after the tide started to run out.

60cm barra

60cm barra-mat

Fishing the deeper water was slow, the water was consistently changing between turbid and relatively clean with not much bait around. Then out of the blue, Tony caught a 40+ fingermark and also a fairly decent tarpon on a gulp shrimp, christening his new reel. After around an hour some bait (mostly mullet) started moving into the area off the flats and so did the barramundi. Tony started getting ‘flashed’ by big barra as he retrieved his tiny two inch shrimp, so I started throwing around one of the lures I’ve made.

I put out a long cast and instantly started a moderate to fast constant retrieve just near a developing current line. The lure got belted hard, really hard. Instantly taking to the air I could see this was a decent barra, I felt the line pull tight and the lure secure its place firmly in the jaw. This fish was full of beans and did his best to both dislodge the lure jumping several times with violent head shakes then huge diving runs setting the hook firmly. Also trying it’s best to take me around the pylons as well. The gear I was using stood up to the fight but I couldn’t believe the strength this barra had, on one of the power runs I was actually pulled off my feet momentarily. Awesome, haven’t had a estuary fish do that before! Netting the fish in a dilly lift pot was certainly hairy, yet mildly entertaining and it took many, many attempts in the fast flowing current. Didn’t look good on a few occasions but the braid held up and rod kept the barra off the pylons with relative ease. Very happy with this set up and it is far more capable than I’d given it credit for.

We were a little surprised the fish only went 85cm as it was a very healthy specimen and was called for closer to 90cm in the water. But for my first fish on a homemade lure, I couldn’t be happier! I tested the lure in the pool earlier in the day and even though it needs a final clear coat, the lure swam well so I thought I’d give it a go. Tony’s mate Matt saw it in the water and really liked the action asking me about it, he couldn’t believe I’d made it which was good feedback.

85cm barra on homemade timber lure

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Tony also dropped a large barra which was bound to happen fishing tight quarters with 8lb braid and a medium heavy rod. Hooked on the humble two inch shrimp!!

10
Jan

Belated post, here are some of the land based fish I caught around Cairns in December last year. Some nice fish caught, including a 48cm Jack + 52cm Fingermark. **The Barramundi was released (of course) and the only reason it was taken from the water – I was fishing off a bridge and couldn’t release it in the water! Barra went around 60cm+ (not measured for quick release)

{Still don’t have a proper functioning camera after the new charger blew up in Singapore, so not many of the fish caught were photographed.}




03
Jul

Got to fish a spot that you can very rarely access if at all. Out the front is a notorious fingermark hole and it’s very deep. I’ve never caught a fingermark so I was pretty excited at the prospect of landing one. We fished two rods each, one medium/heavy overhead straight down between pylons and a light 2500 baitrunner out into the Cairns Inlet channel.

First live prawn out was nailed by something that swam straight at the wharf and I couldn’t barely keep up, then it turned and went under the wharf, my line got caught on a barnacle and then it busted me on the pylons on the far side. Good start but frustrating.

With not much doing apart from Tony (the tarpon magnet) nailing tarpon after tarpon, a small fingermark and I caught a big puffer and my first fingermark (woo), I decided to throw my live prawn out into a different spot where the current was moving differently. I was rewarded with a solid fish taking powerful runs and taking my light set up to it’s limits, a bit of patience and smart thinking landed a 50cm fingermark into the lifting net and I was stoked. Mission accomplished. Just a shame I forgot my camera, so these crap pics will have to do.