Excellent run set for weekend
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.