Full moon set to stir things up

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Hay­den Smith

GOOD news for shire an­glers keen on an ac­tion­packed week­end: a full moon is com­ing.

Hot weather and clear skies have this week made for ideal in­shore fish­ing, with re­ports of some im­pres­sive barra and man­grove jack be­ing caught off the re­gion’s jet­ties and beaches.

Lo­cals have also been mak­ing the most of per­fect spearfish­ing con­di­tions, suc­cess­fully tak­ing to river mouths and the in­ner Reef.

Matt Gra­ham of Brans­fords Dis­count Tackle Shop, Clifton Beach, said “mak­ing tides” in the lead-up to Tues­day’s full moon would bring per­fect con­di­tions to the re­gion.

“This is when a lot of great ac­tion hap­pens,” he said.

“The tides will make things a lot more in­ter­est­ing in the rivers.

“Hope­fully this week­end will be very fish­able.”

He said the strong south­east­erly winds pre­dicted for this week­end also would “re­ally stir things up”.

“Some of the best in­shore reef fish­ing is around the Port Dou­glas way, while things have also been go­ing crazy off the Palm Cove jetty,” Mr Gra­ham said.

“The crys­tal clear wa­ter has brought in a lot of bait fish, which is keep­ing peo­ple happy.”

Ju­lian Weimar of Port Dou­glas store Nau­ti­cal Marine Sales re­cently en­joyed a great day at the reef, catch­ing some nice red bass and golden trevally.

He was look­ing for­ward to mak­ing the most of the ideal tides over the next few days.

“This week­end I’ll prob­a­bly go out to an­other river and chase some barra and man­grove jack with soft plas­tics,” he said.

“The barra are def­i­nitely there, es­pe­cially around the snags.”

Char­ter oper­a­tors have en­joyed mix suc­cess this week.

James Gould, skip­per of Port Dou­glas ves­sel

wel­comed the re­turn of the south-east­erly winds.

“Weather-wise things have been good, al­though the hot tem­per­a­tures mean we have to fish a bit deeper to find some­thing big,” he said.

“We did one night fish and man­aged to land a cou­ple of re­ally big nan­ny­gai and a goldspot­ted cod that weighed about 20kg.

“The south-east­erly winds should at­tract some re­ally good mack­erel.”

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