Full moon set to stir things up
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.”