Winds will pick up, so fish in­shore

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

IT’S go­ing to get blowy and de­cid­edly un­set­tled, es­pe­cially if you were think­ing of head­ing a fair way out.

Winds up­wards of 15 knots will kick in to­day and by the week­end will be a healthy 20 knots or so, back­ing off to about 15 knots by Mon­day. Not much rain is fore­cast, just the odd shower.

It means the ac­tion is likely to be closer to shore – along the beaches and in the rivers.

The rain has brought the prawns into play, so you could do well around Newell Beach and Cooya if you have a cast net.

“And the barra and salmon will be fol­low­ing them,” says Troy.

The dirty wa­ter from the lat­est rain means Dickson In­let gen­er­ally is not fish­ing so well, says Troy Ash­worth at Brans­ford Tackle in Clifton Beach, but the Mow­bray, Moss­man and Dain­tree rivers would def­i­nitely be worth a try.

As for him­self, he’s go­ing to the Bloom­field River this week­end chas­ing salmon. He’ll be catch­ing prawns for live bait around the river mouth.

“I wouldn’t be go­ing up riv- ers much, with all that rain it’s mak­ing a lot of wa­ter come down the rivers, so it would be hard to nav­i­gate.

“The lower parts of the rivers will pro­duce bet­ter and be eas­ier to fish as well.

“I reckon Moss­man River, Cooya Beach and Newell Beach will be the hot spots near Port Dou­glas.

“They shoud still be get­ting a lot of queen­fish off the flats and rocks around Dickson In­let,” he said.

Harry Walker at Nau­ti­cal Marine Sales says he’d be tar­get­ing the es­tu­ar­ies and off the beach, es­pe­cially around the turn­ing of the tide.

“The river might be get­ting quite dirty by the week­end.” he says.

The river fish­ing “will be al­right”, he thinks, but none of it will be as good as the past few weeks across the fish­ing spots.

Hot days and the rain will “def­i­nitely have stirred the barramundi up,” he says.

“They like the hot­ter weather; when it’s cold they’re a bit sleepier.”

He has heard of good catches of big bar­ras, es­pe­cially at the mouth of the in­let.

“They’ve been sight fish­ing them,” he says.

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