Rain and wind on the way

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

MORE wet and windy weather is on the way, mak­ing the fish­ing at the end of the week a mat­ter of the es­tu­ar­ies and streams rather than off­shore.

“There’s noth­ing wrong with them,” says Matt Gra­ham of Brans­fords Tackle in Clifton Beach.

He says re­ports from the Dain­tree River and Four Mile Beach are that there are still good num­bers of fin­ger­mark, es­pe­cially off the beach, and plenty of “rat” barra in the river.

He’s just back from Lake­field Na­tional Park and reck­ons that’s the place to go.

“Ev­ery­one’s plan­ning to go up there,” he says.

It’s open now for fish­ing all the way to the Wet Sea­son or Christ­mas.

It opened slightly ear­lier this year.

Matt says the drive, about four hours from Port Dou­glas, is pretty easy.

The road’s in great shape, he says.

The last hour or so is dirt, but it’s in good nick, even though they’ve had lots of rain this year.

“You can get a two-wheel drive in there at the mo­ment,” Matt says.

The place is full of bar­ra­mundi.

With a few lads from the fish­ing store they caught about 60 barra on Mon­day, which they then re­leased.

They visit dozens of times per year and of­ten it’s just a day trip, he says.

“If peo­ple are af­ter another op­tion, why not do that?” he says.

“Lake­field is one of those places you don’t need a boat, you don’t need fancy equip­ment, you don’t have to worry about the wind or rain . . . any­one can go up there and catch fish.”

He says be­side the barra there are cat­fish, tar­pon, jacks, and archer fish.

“I love it up there. Any­one can do it.

“It’s not pri­vate prop­erty or any­thing. You just go on­line and make a book­ing, and it’s cheap enough.

“When it’s like this at the week­end, I tell peo­ple that’s a great op­tion.”

Ju­lian Weimar at Nau­ti­cal Marine Sales in Port Dou­glas says the in­let has been OK, just reg­u­lar stuff for this time of year.

He says the win­ter species are com­ing on so it’s nec­es­sary to know what tackle will work best.

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