Sun­day is pick of the week­end

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

EX­PECT strong winds next week­end, and a com­bi­na­tion of ti­dal run and moon that mean you should fo­cus on in­shore fish­ing.

“It’s go­ing to be a good time to go an early morn­ing, around 5:30 un­til around 8am,” said Andrew Rich at Brans­ford tackle in Clifton Beach.

“Off jet­ties, off the beaches, in the es­tu­ar­ies.

“The wind is go­ing to be an ab­so­lute blow out – on Satur­day/Sun­day you’re look­ing at al­most up to 25 knots, so you’re go­ing to need a big boat if you want to go out­side.

“But to be hon­est, it’s go­ing to be tides for es­tu­ar­ies any­way.

“You’ve got a three-tider on the Sun­day, which is part of the build up to the big tides com­ing with the new moon on the Thurs­day (April 7).

“There will be build­ing tides lead­ing up to that — neapish tides, with not too much move­ment in them.

“The three-tider com­ing this Sun­day, they are per­sonal favourites of all of us here at the shop.

“It’s about four days be­fore the full moon. So we al­ways say, four days be­fore, or four days af­ter. These are al­ways three-tiders, with three tides in a day.

“These make more op­por­tu­ni­ties for bite times, and with the neapish tides, with less ti­dal run, you’re go­ing to have longer bite times as well.

“In­stead of a 10-minute bite time you get with a big turn of the tide, with a smaller tide you might get 20 min­utes.

“It’s good for flat fish­ing, be­cause not hav­ing that much dif­fer­ence in run can al­low you to pin­point tar­get ar­eas over the flat but it’s also a good time to cast at snags as well.

“Sun­day would most def­i­nitely be my pick of the days to go es­tu­ary fish­ing.”

Andrew said he al­ways favours dawn and dusk for fish­ing times – “it’s that tem­per­a­ture change.

“I al­ways fish my barom­e­ter change. You can al­most pick a barom­e­ter change by the up and down of the sun.”

Ju­lian Weimar at Nau­ti­cal Marine Sales in Port Dou­glas said last week­end had been windy but there had been rea­son­able fish­ing in­shore, in­clud­ing catches of flat­head, some brim, and some smaller bar­ra­mundi.

Given the winds this week­end he’s likely to fish the rain­for­est streams for jun­gle perch this week­end.

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