Wind and neap tides will pre­vail

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

THE com­bi­na­tion for the near out­look is for clear weather, with colder min­i­mum tem­per­a­tures per­haps even be­low yearly aver­ages, and plenty of breeze dur­ing the days. The neap tides will pre­vail over the week­end.

The cool­ing water is bring­ing win­ter species on to the bite, so any­one look­ing to dip a line in the next few days can be think­ing about good flat­head, jacks and grunter if they fish in the streams.

Those out be­fore dawn can use the morn­ing calm to good ef­fect and travel fur­ther off­shore. It’s like a pond up to a cou­ple of kilo­me­tres off­shore in the early morn­ings.

“There’s a lot of queen­fish and trevally run­ning along the beaches,” said Matt Gra­ham at Brans­fords Dis­count Tackle in Clifton Beach.

“I know a lot of guys who toss sur­face lures around off the coast and off the head­lands and they’re get­ting some bloody good-sized queen­fish,” he said.

If you’re get­ting queen­fish up to and around a me­tre long, “they’re a very good fish,” Matt said.

“With queen­fish they’ll give a lot of length be­cause they’re skinny fish. They’re one of the best sport fish in our wa­ters – very ac­ro­batic, a speed de­mon, they zip and dart all over the place. Han­dling one of them you need a lot of luck.

“You don’t need heavy tackle or spe­cial­ist stuff, there’s a bit of luck if they’re go­ing to run around struc­tures or what­ever. That’s why we fish a lot of sur­face lures. With those you’ve got that head start on them!

“With queen­fish you don’t get a lot of choice of tac­tics – they’re go­ing to dic­tate the fight to you.

“That’s why they’re such a pop­u­lar sport fish – you blink and they’re do­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent!

“They jump and leap all over the place – awe­some fun.”

Like the trevally, eaten fresh they aren’t bad at all, but queen­fish don’t freeze well.

The Brans­fords guys went out on Tues­day tar­get­ing small black mar­lin. Had no luck with those but there were plenty of small mack­erel, and adding to the plea­sure of the day there were sight­ings of dolphins and a small pod of whales.

With the neap tides start­ing Fri­day-Satur­day, the lure and soft plas­tic fish­er­men will have a bet­ter chance to present their lures.

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