Winds let up, time to go out

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

AT last the winds have died down some­what, mak­ing for pretty good fish­ing con­di­tions and al­low­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of fish­ing on the outer reefs.

Pre­dic­tions are for winds up to around 15 knots up to the week­end, hav­ing been re­vised up­wards from ear­lier fore­casts this week.

It’s a wel­come change from the very strong winds in the past few weeks.

“It should be a rea­son­able week­end, with var­i­ous op­tions,” said An­drew Rich at Brans­fords in Clifton Beach.

“Peo­ple have been go­ing to the outer reef all week and it’s go­ing pretty well.

“The mack­erel have turned up in good schools, and there’s still a lot of nan­ny­gai and coral trout. Those lit­tle in­shore reefs that ev­ery­one can fish – there’s plenty of the lit­tle school mack­erel on them at the mo­ment.

“Where there’s one there’s lots!”

He said the em­pha­sis may switch from the es­tu­ar­ies to the beaches and the reefs.

“You’ve got to take ad­van­tage of it, it’s been so long since we’ve had a break in the weather.

“We’re com­ing up to a big moon, big tides, lots of bait mov­ing around, big­ger fish mov­ing around.

“The beaches and river mouths have been do­ing al­right with fin­ger­mark.

“I’ve heard lots of re­ports from the Dain­tree of fin­ger­mark – they’re not huge in­sh­sore but any fin­ger­mark is a good fish.”

An­drew said the cool­ing wa­ter meant the bar­ra­mundi are star­tling to slow down a bit.

“They are still there and they still eat ev­ery day, they’re just a bit more lethar­gic.

“In win­ter time you have to wake them up but they are still there.

“In fact if any­thing it’s eas­ier be­cause they’re not mov­ing around so much!”

He said bar­ras are well dis­persed at the mo­ment.

“If you want to tar­get them, toss some live bait into a snag or some struc­ture and I guar­an­tee you’re go­ing to find some­thing in there.”

Ju­lian Weimar at Nau­ti­cal Marine Sales in Port Dou­glas says red emperor and large nan­ny­gai have been fish­ing well off­shore.

The bar­ras are still feed­ing around the ma­rina.

Peo­ple are catch­ing fin­er­mark in the wonky holes and around Snap­per Is­land.

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