Ban over, now back to fish­ing

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

THE reef clo­sures are over and there’s plenty of ac­tion out there, ac­cord­ing to Matt Gra­ham of Brans­fords Tackle in Cairns.

“The winds are down and there’s good reds, nan­ny­gai fish­ing at the mo­ment. This week­end is go­ing to be beau­ti­ful weather out there, prob­a­bly around 10-15 knots.”

It’s a full moon to­day (Thurs­day), and the lead up is usu­ally a good fish­ing time, says Matt.

“There’s more ac­tiv­ity. You start to get big­ger move­ment in your tides. I know a lot of peo­ple have been wait­ing for bet­ter weather, and the winds have dropped a bit, so I think this week­end ev­ery­one is go­ing to be out and about.”

Land-based fish­er­men should get into it at sun­rise, says Matt, for their morn­ing ses­sions. “Gen­er­ally that change of light is a good time, it’s an ac­tive time for ev­ery­thing, bait and preda­tors.

“Then nighttime is al­ways good. It brings a lot of sharks if you’re bait fish­ing.

“At your piers and beaches you get a lot of small sharks in­shore. Some peo­ple love catching those lit­tle sharks.”

He said there had been re­ports com­ing out of the Dain­tree River, es­pe­cially at the mouth of the Dain­tree – good fin­ger­mark, salmon, mainly bait fish­ing, runs of golden trevally as well, which is a bit dif­fer­ent this time of year.

There’s a lot of small mack­erel around the in­shore is­lands and wrecks, a lot of spotty and doggy mack­erel.

Dain­tree Dave (Pat­ter­son) says the solid rains up that way haven’t done much at all to flush out the river. He’s been fish­ing as usual around Snap­per Is­land, where there’s fin­ger­mark, good nan­ny­gai and goldspot­ted rock­cod. The fish­ing’s been good around the is­land, he says.

At the wreck out in the ship­ping chan­nel it is fish­ing well for trevally and he also caught a co­bia the other days.

“Lots of big sharks,” says Dave. “Huge sharks, 3-4 me­tre bull and tiger sharks, they get ev­ery sec­ond trevally.”

Tom Nevins, of Cook­town Barra Char­ters, says there’s still a lot of mack­erel be­ing caught off the wharf. He thinks the week­end is look­ing OK. The moon’s phase means it’s a good time for nan­ny­gai night fish­ing. Go a bit be­fore dark, get your co­ral trout, and then tar­get the nan­ny­gai.

TOP: UK res­i­dent and par­time PD lo­cal Richard, with a good nan­ny­gai caught with Dave’s Dain­tree Fish­ing off Snap­per Is­land. MID­DLE: Mat with a man­grove jack caught with Cook­town Barra Char­ters. BOT­TOM: Chi­nese vis­i­tor happy with his catch on Cook­town Barra Char­ters.

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