How to use tidal run to ad­van­tage

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Shane Nichols

AN adage in fish­ing is “no run, no fun”. We thought we’d ask Nau­ti­cal Marine Sales’ font of knowl­edge Lachie O’Han­lon to ex­pound on the sub­ject:

“Gen­er­ally with a run-in tide you get cleaner wa­ter be­cause it’s come in from the blue wa­ter out­side.

“The creeks at low tide are quite dirty, so they fill up with cleaner wa­ter which means the pelag­ics – trevallys, queen­fish – are more likely to come in and hunt the lit­tle fish along the fore­shore.

“Down the beach, for in­stance, more wa­ter comes in and washes across the flats and fills the flats up and pushes up against the beach, so to speak. The preda­tors will come in and push the bait against the beach and use the beach like a bar­rier. “High tide’s good for that. “With the low tides, some of the smaller creeks fish quite well.

“Think of it this way: the bait runs off the banks; as the tide drops those lit­tle creeks dry out.

“They might only be a me­tre deep, so if the tide drops a me­tre those lit­tle bait fish and prawns and stuff might have to come out into the big­ger creek, so then the preda­tors sit in front of those tidal drains.

“So some fish like bar­ra­mundi and jacks take ad­van­tage of the mud­dier wa­ter, and they’ll hunt in that wa­ter, chas­ing the bait fish as they wash out.

“So you just have to pick your spots, de­pend­ing on the tides.

It all comes down to ‘no run, no fun’.

“An­other thing with a faster tide is it pushes oxy­gen over the fishes’ gills so faster mov­ing wa­ter pushes more oxy­gen and keeps the fish more ac­tive.

“The bait fish swim their litttle hearts out in the cur­rent and streams which makes the big preda­tors more ca­pa­ble of knock­ing them off.”

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