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!



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.


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.


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


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



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


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.


Live bait, lures and soft plastics. A fair few bust offs, at least 6. We kept moving until we found where the barra were feeding. I was lucky to get one of my lures back after a huge hit and run from a very large barra. Leader knot failed because some idiot forgot to retie it from the other night.

Live bait did the trick, herring or mullet and somehow Tony caught nearly all the fish (freak). Also got a very good buck mud crab in one of the pots! Watching mullet get slammed off the surface and getting drilled by unstoppable barra near pylons was the highlight!

60cm flathead


36cm mangrove jack


40cm GT

44cm cod


51cm tarpon

65cm barramundi

63cm barramundi




Happy New Year, lots of things planned for this year and heaps of news. I’ll start with a couple of photos from my last couple of land based sessions in Cairns. The rest I will save for up coming posts.

**Barra was released (closed season until 12 noon Feb 1st) and only brought from the water as I was fishing off a jetty and can’t release waterside without go-go-gadget arms!!

Caught this 62cm Northern Sand Flathead (Platycephalus arenarius) land-based this morning in a spot I noticed flathead lies. Just had to get the tide right.

Lure was a Maria MJ-1 D50SP in a natural prawn type colour (nice little lure).


After a visit to the Mazdabator bridge turned out to be a bad move as nobody was home, Tony, his missus and myself went over to Kamerunga bridge. I have a theory that the fish are not making it up to Mazdabator as they are too busy feeding on all the new moon prawns that have recently been flushed out. Time will tell on that one…

Tide had turned and started heading out. I was using a small gulp shrimp on a 1/20oz size 1 jig head and casting out, slightly across from where I was standing and drifting the plastic diagonally back to where I was standing with very small sharp hops off the bottom. When I didn’t get a bite, I left it to sink longer and most of the time got a bump or nearly snagged. As the tide had just turned the run was perfect, so I could drift the bait and get it down near the bottom still. Like a natural prawn action.

As I was approaching the Jackson 5, I got hit by what felt like a big jack, but could have been a barra too as it just opened the jig head and there was nothing I could do. Felt like a jack. Honestly there is nothing more annoying than inferior fishing gear and it annoys the piss out of me. So from now on I’ll be buying nothing but the tournament TT jig heads, but at nearly $2 each, will be paying for it. Still better than losing more good fish!!

So after all that I was left thinking “I want you jack”

Tony got a couple of tiddlers too, a little flatty and a small Jack. All the fish were released.