Get set for a rip­per Sun­day

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - OUT­LOOK Shane Nichols

MATT Gra­ham of Brans­fords Tackle in Cairns reck­ons the big stuff like wa­hou and mar­lin have been go­ing well, all up the coast, if you’re chas­ing that size.

Yel­low fin tuna has also been turn­ing up in num­bers – “that’s some­thing your ev­ery­day guys can go out and have a bit of troll for as well. And they’re easy to catch, really – it’s just a mat­ter of putting the eff­fort in and hav­ing some pa­tience. You’ll find them in the pas­sages to the outer reef.”

On the coast­line there is plenty of good salmon. Use mul­let or garfish as live bait, along with trevally and queen­fish. He said the out­look for this Sun­day is look­ing great.

Dave Pat­ter­son of Dave’s Dain­tree Fish­ing says boat­ies head­ing for the reef should be alert to the wind blow­ing up into norther­lies in the late af­ter­noons. “It can make it real rough and choppy com­ing home,” he says.

Last Satur­day was a good ex­am­ple around the Dain­tree. The morn­ing was very calm, but it blew up a lot in the af­ter­noon.

“A lot of the time I reckon it’s bet­ter to be home by one or two o’clock, hav­ing got­ten up and started very early in the morn­ing. Most of the lo­cals do overnighters. They’ll go out in the af­ter­noon and fish the night and come back in the morn­ing, at this time of year.

“You’ve just got to watch out for the late norther­lies and the thun­der­storms if you’re out on the reef at night.”

This is a nor­mal weather pat­tern but this year it has kicked in “about a month late”.

The Dain­tree River is fish­ing pretty well, though it badly needs a flush out and of course the barra clo­sure will run un­til Fe­bru­ary.

Tom Nevins of Cook­town Barra Char­ters said the wind would blow un­til the end of the week, at 20 knots, but should back right off by Sun­day.

He said the En­deav­our River was “run­ning clean and you could walk across the top of the sar­dines at the mo­ment” down by the wharf in Cook­town, where it’s a busy time for mack­erel and queen­fish and trevally off the wharf.

Due to the barra ban he’s do­ing a lot of reef stuff, like red em­peror and nan­ny­gai, and with a tour party of Chi­nese this week caught trevally and mack­erel near a wreck out­side the en­trance. They were us­ing live bait, mainly sar­dines from around the wharf area.

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