Reef looks good for week­end

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

THE week­end is shap­ing up as a beauty, with light winds that will en­tice many fishos out to the Reef to make the most of it.

The fin fish are back on and an­glers can ex­pect the reds to be back in the ac­tion, said Ju­lian Weimar at Nau­ti­cal Marine Sales in Port Dou­glas. “The fin fish are start­ing to stack up and they should be start­ing to feed again.

“A lot of peo­ple have been get­ting macks and your yel­low fin are shoot­ing through as well – a few peo­ple have been get­ting them closer in.”

Many an­glers tar­get them with skirted push­ers, but they’ll tar­get any­thing, Ju­lian said, such as div­ing lures and pop­pers. “I’ve caught yel­low fin on pop­pers for GTs,” he said.

Closer to shore, con­di­tions will also be favourable – the tides are neapish, in con­trast last week­end’s con­sid­er­able tidal run which played havoc with fish­er­men’s bait be­ing moved around in the cur­rent.

Ju­lian said the beach fish­ing should be good too. Fin­ger­mark and sal­mon are worth tar­get­ting in the es­tu­ar­ies now, along with man­grove jack and sim­i­lar. “It’s been re­ally good,” he said. “This is prob­a­bly the best time of year for beach and es­tu­ary fish­ing.”

Off Four Mile Beach peo­ple have been get­ting grunter, trevally, and the oc­ca­sional fin­ger­mark in the deeper spots, plus queen­fish and the other main­stays.

“The week­end’s go­ing to be awe­some,” said Troy Ash­worth of Brans­fords Tackle in Clifton Beach. He’ll be head­ing up to the Bloom­field, to the west­ern side of Pick­ers­gill Reef. “The fur­ther north you go the bet­ter the fish­ing is,” he said.

He said the com­bi­na­tion of tidal run in the morn­ings with neapish tides late in the day presents fishos with good op­tions.

“You can fish a lot of run in the morn­ing or if you’ve got a deeper hole you want to fish you can do that in the even­ing.

“There’s lots of spots on the reef where there’s good fish­ing but there’s too much run, so you could fish those spots. Or those spots in the rivers where there’s holes and fin­ger­marks, you can’t do them if there’s too much run. So you could do them. And the jetty py­lons, just flick­ing them – you can do that on the neap tides.”

Re­ports of crabs have been good. The lack of rain in the last lit­tle while means they are mov­ing around again.

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