With a good lashing of rain from the few category 1 cyclones that were hovering around Cape York during early March, most of the Cape and Gulf received some much needed rainfalls. The good news for Cooktown is that with the March rains giving the system another flushing, both the Endeavour and Annan rivers are experiencing a great run of prawns.
The owner of Cooktown Barra Charters, Tom Nevins, has been putting clients onto some great grunter in the Endeavour on live prawns. He said that lightly weighted fresh dead baits of sardines are also claiming their fair share of better quality grunter. As usual in FNQ's estuaries the variety of species being reported feeding in amongst the grunter include fingermark (golden snapper), pikey bream, flathead and even the odd king threadfin salmon. With the discoloured water, try fishing around the wreck around the river mouth for best results. Just be prepared to tangle with plenty of rat sized GTs that are more than willing to steal your hard earned live prawns.
The mouth of the Annan has seen some decent barra and thumper queenies being caught on live mullet and hardiheads as they get washed out to Walker Bay with the fresh. These fish (especially the 1m+ queenies) take some serious line when hooked in the fast flowing waters near the mouth, so take it steady so you don’t pull the hooks.
There have been some great reports of mud crabs for the punters who are keen enough to put their pots out. A lot of pots have been getting crunched by crocs and best results are had by blokes who run their pots late in the arvo and stay within sight of them for a few hours flicking lures. Not only will you usually save your pot from getting torn open, you usually end up with a nice jack or barra for the table too.