The 2015 Barra season is now open, but let me remind you to release all the big females, think of the future no one likes to see the breeders destroyed.The minimum size is 58cm, and the maximum is 120cm. There is a bag limit of 5 per person at any one time, this limit includes all Barra in your possession. So if you have 2 Barra at home you can only take another 3 legally, but remember fresh is best.
A good tip for storing Fish, always make sure you put a fish down as soon as possible. Cutting their throat,causes stress and is not the best way of getting the best quality in their flesh. Many years ago the meat industry found that brain killing beef, more humane, first before cutting their throat improved the quality and texture of the meat. The same goes for Fish, learning the ways of brain killing fish can be found on the Internet, it reducing stress if done before you bleed them, will improve their flavour and texture. Another thing you can do to keep the quality of fish is to make sure you fillet fish as soon as possible. The bacteria behind fish scales and on their bones can affect the quality and taste, and I'm not just talking about Barra. We are very lucky on the Cape having a fishery of such quality, and quantity, but we have to work hard to keep it in this pristine condition, and that means all of us.
Javelin fish (Spotted Grunter) is another species about in good numbers. They have a minimum size of 40cm, and a bag limit of 10 whole fish or 20 fillets with a minimum length of 26cm. They are being caught around Evans Landing, Gonbung, Big Bridge (both sides), Red Beach, and up at Cullen Point. Best bait is fresh Herring or Prawn, very hard to find, but the old frozen Prawn and Squid seem to be a very close second. Tides can make a difference, maybe the incoming would be my pick, but if they are hungry they will take a well presented bait at any time. A dropper rig is the most favoured, as you don't catch as many vermin, 3/0 to 5/0 Wide Gape or Octopus Circle hooks the most used, and go as light as you can with sinkers.
With the weather calming down you should get a few windows to get out and chase some of the Pelagics, like Mackerel and Tuna, or the bottom feeders, say Fingermark or Tuskies. I believe they will be some quality fishing up and down the coast with a bit of effort put in.
Some people have all the luck, John Ludbrooke while visiting his son David in Weipa, picked this 120cm Barra, it was released in good health, and a Black Jew while fishing at Big Bridge. I don't think I have ever bettered that score, go Johnno, another great fisho from Townsville.