A chance to head off­shore

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

THE winds will be abat­ing in time for the week­end, which means a long-awaited op­por­tu­nity for the smaller boats to get out amongst it on the reef, as well as in­shore.

In fact, Satur­day is look­ing re­ally nice, with ex­pected winds of 5 knots. Sun­day will be OK, but per­haps with winds get­ting up in the af­ter­noon.

Troy from Brans­fords Tackle in Clifton Beach said those who can now ven­ture out there might be able to pick up some mack­erel, which are due about now.

“We haven’t had many re­ports of the macks out there yet, but no one’s been out there. I’ve heard re­ports of them around Palm Cove even though it’s been dirty and rough. So I’d say they’d be on the chew.”

There will be a bit of swell around, the residue of the past week or so, but smaller boats will do fine around the in­shore reefs and wrecks.

Given the op­por­tu­nity at last, it’s a chance to leave the rivers and get off­shore, al­though the rivers have been fish­ing well, ac­cord­ing to Troy.

Troy has heard a cou­ple of re­ports on small mar­lin, which would mean they’re com­ing in early. Coral trout have also been on the chew, on Ar­ling­ton Reef, plus nan­nies and reds.

When it comes to fish­ing the streams af­ter all this rain, you need to “go deeper”, said Troy.

The fresh wa­ter sits on top and a lot of the true salt­wa­ter fish don’t like that zone and “they’ll go deeper to more salin­ity”.

The rain brings the bar­ra­mundi on be­cause it washes a lot of food such as in­sects into the streams.

“All the river fish will be bit­ing,” said Troy, “you’ve just got to find the run off and the colour change.

“Many peo­ple think fish go off the bite when it rains, be­cause they don’t find fish where they nor­mally go.

“But when it rains the fish move into the bot­tom of the drains where the creeks and streams are flow­ing into, at the point where the wa­ter is chang­ing colour when it’s raining.”

He has also heard re­ports the prawns are fir­ing up again – which means sal­mon will be com­ing around look­ing for a feed. So head for the mouths of the rivers, he reck­ons.

Sounds like plenty of good fish­ing ahead.

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