Let it rain, lots more needed

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

MUCH ap­pre­ci­ated as it is, the rains have yet to flush out the rivers suf­fi­ciently to set up the fish­ing sea­son this year.

Per­haps big falls in the next day or two will help, but ac­cord­ing to Ju­lian Weimar at Nau­ti­cal Marine Sales in Port Dou­glas, we need an­other one or two ma­jor rain events to en­sure the water sys­tems re­ceive the de­sired amount of fresh water that ac­ti­vates fish stocks in their breed­ing and their move­ment.

“The main creeks have had a good flush out but we need more for the rivers,” he says.

There have been im­me­di­ate ben­e­fits from what we’ve had so far in the past week, mak­ing up some­what for a dry start to the year.

“A lot of those sort of bil­l­abongs are pump­ing out with the fresh water flow­ing into the Dain­tree, and flush­ing out the bait fish, the mud cod and so on,” Ju­lian says. “The barra will sit on the edge of the drains and as they’re flushed out the barra will nab them.”

He said there are four or five drains just up from the boat ramp on the Dain­tree,pump­ing out dirty water. “You can look for a bit of a colour change and fish along there,” Ju­lian said. In the lat­est rains he’s been fish­ing around the streams and creeks around Whyan­beel, for jun­gle perch. The rain has in­vig­o­rated them con­sid­er­ably and he caught about 25 in an hour or so at the weekend.

“All the creeks are up and high. It was a good lit­tle ses­sion. Be­fore that they had been shut­ting down and dor­mant be­cause of the lack of rain.”

Matt Gra­ham of Brans­fords Tackle in Clifton Beach said the wet weather had pushed a lot of prawns out, “any­where there is a creek or river”.

The shop’s been do­ing good business sell­ing nets – “it’s al­ways a good sign, it says there’s a lot of prawns around”.

There’s also still lots of stingers around so any­one chuck­ing a net in needs to bear that in mind.

He said the rain “had stirred things up and in the last three days we have weighed in two big barra – one at 1.3m and the other 1.25m. The peo­ple keen enough to stand in the rain are get­ting some good re­sults”.

He said the barra sea­son had been good this year, with some large fish in the ac­tion.

The weekend looks poor for the off­shore guys. “It’s go­ing to be a river and coastal style of weekend,” he said.

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