Lure of big barra is strong as season opens in Far North
GONE Fishing signs will go up around the region today with barramundi season beginning at noon.
And there are likely to be plenty of barra biting, according to experts who say the recent wet weather has flushed them out of rivers and into popular fishing spots.
"We've heard a lot of people are already running into barramundi caught off the (Palm Cove) jetty," Bransfords Tackle Shop assistant manager Matty Bergamo said.
"They should be in any of your rocky headlands and around Yorkeys Knob and Trinity Beach."
Mr Bergamo said the season attracted keen fishers from all over who came to Cairns looking for that big catch.
"You get a lot of overseas tourists over here (to fish) and it's everyone's dream to land that big one,'' he said.
"They're pretty good eating and they're a good hard fighter.'' Local lure maker Terry Leadbetter has also been hard at work crafting his popular wooden lures ahead of barramundi season.
Yesterday also marked the beginning of rock lobster season, with both species being off limits to fishers since late last year.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Rob Ibell said the closed season helped sustain future fish stocks.
For more information www.fisheries.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.
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Fine craftsmanship: Terry Leadbetter examines one of his famous wooden lures at the start of the barramundi season. Picture: MARC McCORMACK