Winds are ris­ing but fish abound

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

AS ex­pected the su­per moon this week brought good for­tune to an­glers mak­ing the most of the con­di­tions.

Gen­er­ally the next four days af­ter a full moon are con­ducive to good fish­ing too, so that means to­mor­row (Fri­day) is part of that happy time.

How­ever, the wind is pre­dicted to pick up a lot and the week­end should see 20-25 knot souther­lies which will mess up con­di­tions .

So for those with smaller boats it means stick­ing quite close to shore, or go­ing up the rivers.

Matt Gra­ham at Brans­fords Tackle in Clifton Beach is a bit weary af­ter a heroic se­ries of 2am starts off the boat ramp, tak­ing ad­van­tage of that big moon and the norther­lies this week. By 8 or 9 am he’s done and off to work, hav­ing nailed a stack of fish. “It’s been crazy,” he said. “We had four trips out in the last week, do­ing the in­shore wrecks and reefs, and the wonky holes.

“Lead­ing into the warmer months a lot of the off­shore fish come in to do their breed­ing, and we hit those in­shore marks – they’re only 10 min­utes away from the boat ramp.

“We have had some fan­tas­tic fish in the past week,” Matt said.

“Nan­ny­gai, red em­peror, co­bia, Spanish mack­erel, and supris­ingly we were catch­ing gold band snap­per.

“Usu­ally you get them in 70m of wa­ter so it’s quite un­usual to get them in 19m of wa­ter,” Matt said. “I’ve never seen them in this depth of wa­ter be­fore.”

These snap­per were in good num­bers and a bunch ended up in his fridge – they’re a hard fight­ing fish and even bet­ter ta­ble fish, ac­cord­ing to Matt.

“They’re one of the tasti­est chew­ing fish in the wa­ter, I reckon.”

He said the tides in the next few days were very good for an­glers af­ter jacks and fin­ger­mark in the rivers and creeks.

Matt en­cour­ages read­ers to have a look at the Brans­fords face­book page, which has a wealth of use­ful ma­te­rial.

The team at the shop share a lot of info about what they’ve been do­ing on the wa­ter. Un­like many fishos, they don’t mind giv­ing out ac­cu­rate de­tails. “I don’t keep any se­crets – I tell them where I was, what I was us­ing, ev­ery­thing,” says Hon­est Matt.

“We like to tell them ev­ery­thing, no se­crets.”

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