Ex­cel­lent run set for week­end

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

WE’RE look­ing at 5-10 knot winds over the week­end, which is go­ing to make for very be­nign con­di­tions out on the wa­ter.

Much like it’s been this past glo­ri­ous week, which has seen low winds and flat sea con­di­tions make for near per­fect fish­ing. And the boat ramps have been flat out han­dling the traf­fic.

“Co­ral trout have been bit­ing left, right and cen­tre this past week,” ac­cord­ing to Troy Ash­worth at Brans­fords Tackle in Clifton Beach.

He knows of what he speaks, hav­ing caught a 75cm co­ral trout last Tues­day off Pick­ers­gill Reef up Bloom­field way.

Mack­ies have been on the chew very well, es­pe­cially with Wog Head lures. Up at Lake­field the bar­ra­mundi are re­ally fir­ing, as they are also at Palm Cove and the creeks.

“With this weather you’ll be get­ting a lot of those pelag­ics com­ing closer to shore – your mack­erel, trevally, your quee­nies you can start tar­get­ting off the beaches and the mouths of rivers.

“Be­tween Palm Cove and Port Dou­glas, all those rocks, a lot of those in­shore reefs, I’d be fish­ing off those be­cause it’s one of the few places you can catch jacks and barra, co­ral trout, and mack­erel, all in the one spot. It might sound a bit far fetched but you can.”

The lads at Nautical Ma­rine Sales in Port Dou­glas reckon the past week has been good for golden trevally off Four Mile Beach.

Mean­while in Dick­son In­let there’s been plenty of ac­tion.

Those want­ing to give them­selves a spe­cial chal­lenge might want to tackle some of those fat whitelipped mul­let that hang around the public pon­toon.

They bite hard but get­ting them to that point is more than tricky.

They feed off worms and sim­i­lar in the mud and can’t be tempted by much else. Maybe a bit of bread on a small hook will work, but it’s dif­fi­cult to ar­range.

Off the Sugar Wharf they are catch­ing the usual brim and whit­ing and also there are plen­ti­ful bar­ra­cuta around at the mo­ment. I come from Mackay. We’re stay­ing up here for a week and do­ing a bit of fish­ing. I’ve been fish­ing since I was a kid and I like to drop a line in when­ever I can.

The best fish I ever caught was a big co­ral trout I caught off the Gold­smiths, a group of is­lands out off Mackay.

I was in a 16 ft cen­tre con­sole with my par­ents and a friend.

It was about lunchtime on an out­go­ing tide and I had a whole pil­lie on and I dropped down in about 60 feet of wa­ter in some good struc­ture, and I got lucky.

That fish was about 80-odd cen­time­tres.

Other big fish I’ve caught are a 40-lb Span­ish mack­erel off the is­lands one day and I got a 40-lb cod out off the Smiths as well.

Those is­lands take about an hour to get to in my boat. You get there and look for a bit of struc­ture on the sounder.

You catch stripeys, sweet­lip, co­ral trout, blueys, that sort of thing.

TOP: Jim with a 16 kg Span­ish mack­erel caught with Tom Nevins’ Cook­town Barra Char­ters. MID­DLE: Kristal and an 8kg nan­ny­gai caught with Cook­town Barra Char­ters. BOT­TOM: Bianca with her first fish, a co­ral trout. “I feel like king of the kids. School hol­i­days,” said skip­per Dave Dave’s Dain­tree Fish­ing.

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