Great Fishing Cairns on Flood Tides

April 09, 2016 by John Hangodi

Trip Info

The Catch
Trevally (Giant)

The high tides of the recent Black Moon did not disappoint once again!
As usual,the live bait was the key factor.
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 was required to land the live baits as close as possible to the shore in the strike zone.
Queenfish are a most acrobatic species and are consistent jumpers,leaping high into the air in their desperate bid to shake the hook. While some anglers regard ‘’Queenies ‘’ as poor table fish I disagree. Fresh Queen Fish have firm white flesh and are excellent barbequed,pan fried or breaded.
Gt’s never jump,but pull the drag hard and steady to the bitter end.
The deep runs in the inlet also 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 leadrs.
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

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