The highly sought-after Lutjanus johnii, aka fingermark carry a distinctive back spot the shape of a thumbprint just below their dorsal fin. The striking fish can take on copper, golden and silvery hues depending on the habitat, depth of water and time of day they are caught, which is the reason they often also go by the name of golden snapper.
It’s amazing the parallels you draw. As a fisherman and a father to a two-year-old, I found myself pondering the children’s classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears this week, a book I often read to my daughter.
These days there are so many lures on the market that it’s a relatively simple task to find one which will perfectly suit the way you want to fish. Need a lure to run at a specific depth? No problem! You can walk into your average tackle store, and they will have a range of lures capable of swimming anywhere from right across the surface all the way down to the old 40-foot mark.
With summer in full swing and the weather gods holding the magnifying glass and focusing the sun firmly on North Queensland, now is the time to enjoy a nice cold Callipo ice-block and sit back whilst observing the cricket. For those that fancy taking on the heat and getting on the water, you can be rewarded with some intense fishing sessions as the water heats up and the storms start to build.
The Northern Territory runoff is truly a wonderful beast and usually stretches from February to sometime in May. During the preceding months, there is a mix of massive storms, monsoons and cyclones dumping their lifeblood onto the various floodplains across the NT. Paving the way for the reproduction and growth of a huge biomass that the mighty barramundi calls food. And it’s when the rains ease and the floodplains start to fall, all that food flows into the many runoff creeks and rivers. What follows is a feast that could only be matched by the Mother in Law at a pie sale.
Hinchinbrook here we come, yet another year has ticked by, and it is the start of another barra season, and this can only mean one thing for us. Hinchinbrook. Living in the far north, we are definitely spoilt for choice, with a plethora of options at our fingertips as to where we can fish for one of Australia’s iconic sportfish, the barramundi. The Hinchinbrook region is one of our favoured places, and it draws us back every year, well nearly every month.
While I was a young uni student, I watched as my parents fitted out a camper trailer and their 4WD in preparation for a touring road trip around Australia. It was a new adventure for my parents as they had always driven straight through to their destination as opposed to the grey nomad thing of enjoying the drive.
Flathead are the king of the shallows. They stalk their prey, camouflaging themselves by changing their colour to match the sandy or muddy bottom they are feeding on.
Flathead move up the banks when the tide comes in and move down when the tide comes goes out hunting for prawns and herring.
The Tinaroo Twitch is not a retrieval method. It’s much more sinister than that. It’s a disease, an environmental ailment that flares up when the infected parties are in close proximity to Tinaroo Dam. Symptoms include an irrational urge to reach "1000 casts", a zombie-like state which allows you to fish for three days without landing a fish, and an insatiable appetite for icy cold beer.
Tying on a big hardbody lure and sending it back in the spread always brings a sense of excitement. Like all types of fishing, trolling lures for pelagic fish like Spanish mackerel, wahoo, tuna and marlin is about setting a trap and convincing these predators of the deep blue sea to fall into it.