Neap tides per­fect for fin­ger­mark

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Hay­den Smith

THIS week­end is shap­ing up as a beauty for fin­ger­mark fish­ing in the Far North.

Neap tides, on the back of this week’s full moon, are ex­pected to bring calmer con­di­tions to the re­gion af­ter sev­eral days of quite strong south­east­erly winds.

Matt Gra­ham of Brans­fords Dis­count Tackle Shop, Clifton Beach, said the slack wa­ter would be ideal for fin­ger­mark, a slow ma­tur­ing fish, par­tic­u­larly around Port Dou­glas and the Dain­tree.

“The winds haven’t been as nice this week, the off­shore fish­er­men aren’t that happy, but in­shore is still re­ally good,” he said.

“The neap tides will start around Fri­day, and in con­junc­tion with calm weather, should al­low for per­fect fish­ing.

“The fin­ger­mark should be out and about, and week­end an­glers will love it.

“Live squid and sar­dines are their favourite bait, and they taste even bet­ter than man­grove jack.”

Big barra are also out and about in force, ac­cord­ing to Mr Gra­ham, and an­glers are ready for ac­tion.

He said a huge barra that had washed up on Hol­loways Beach last week af­ter be­ing at­tacked by a 1shark (pic­tured below) had sparked plenty of lo­cal dis­cus­sion.

About half a dozen peo­ple en­joy­ing end-of-week drinks at Strait on the Beach at Hol­loways Beach late Fri­day af­ter­noon first spot­ted the 1.2m long barra leap­ing out of the wa­ter sev­eral times, and watched the drama un­fold about 100m off­shore.

“There are heaps of me­tre­plus barra near the beaches and head­lands, a lot of big fish are breed­ing at the mo­ment,” Mr Gra­ham said.

Ju­lian Weimar of Nau­ti­cal Marine Sales, Port Dou­glas, said big re­cent tides had made for great fish­ing at shire river mouths and es­tu­ar­ies.

“The tides have been push­ing ev­ery­thing up into the man­groves.

“That’s where a lot of the barra have been hid­ing,” he said.

ABOVE: Steven hit the wa­ter with Dave’s Dain­tree Fish­ing and man­aged to hook this beau­ti­ful Queen­fish.

RIGHT: Port Dou­glas an­gler Jesse Wake­field, 17, was stoked with this 107cm barra.

BELOW: Dan McCor­mack with a beau­ti­ful nan­ny­gai.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

Jac­ques Au­bin, 4, with the re­mains of a 1.2m long barramundi that was at­tacked by a large shark about 100m off­shore at Hol­loways Beach.

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