Per­fec­tion on reef won’t last

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

A COU­PLE of beau­ti­ful days at last have seen mag­i­cal con­di­tions for fish­er­men sick of the chop and spray in the past few weeks.

Fishos have been drag­ging in good catches from off­shore, es­pe­cially co­ral trout. Mon­day was par­tic­u­larly good, judg­ing by re­ports on so­cial media.

Peo­ple with boats that can get to fur­ther spots such as Opal, Rud­der, and the back edges of Batt and St Crispins have been do­ing well.

There’s been salmon off the jet­ties, and with less rain di­lut­ing salt con­tent the Span­ish mack­erel have been re­turn­ing to wa­ters around Snap­per Is­land. They hate fresh wa­ter.

There’s lots of live reef around Snap­per, so fishos who can get out there will find trout, all the reef species, and school mack­erel.

The mar­lin are still con­spic­u­ously lack­ing numbers and seem pretty well spread about.

Lake­field has been go­ing well with bar­ra­mundi.

But the wind is fore­cast to pick up again by late week, just in time to make it un­pleas­ant for any­one in a 4m boat long­ing to get off­shore – around 20 knots by Satur­day.

The tides will pro­vide a good bit of run, how­ever.

Troy Ash­worth at Brans­fords Dis­count Tackle in Clifton Beach said the higher winds means he will go look­ing for jacks.

Troy plans to fish the Dain­tree River early next week to try out his skip cast­ing tech­nique.

Fish­ing cir­cles have been abuzz with this lat­est con­cept, which in­volves skip­ping lures un­der­neath over­hang­ing veg­e­ta­tion.

The Dain­tree River has plenty of good man­grove growths where you can per­fect this tech­nique – us­ing a spin­ning reel to skip soft plas­tics right over the heads of man­grove jacks.

“It works par­tic­u­larly well on jacks,” said Troy. “It’s just been around for the past few months and ev­ery­one’s get­ting into it.”

He’s tried it once be­fore on barra up in Lake­field and found it worked well enough. “I’m keen to try­ing it in saltwater now,” he said. “Ev­ery­one’s got dif­fer­ent lures they like to use. One guy recommended Z Man Pop Shadz which were ef­fec­tive for skip cast­ing. I tried it and went from skip­ping three or four feet to about a 10-foot skip now.”

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