Still plenty of fish in the sea

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

THERE’S an­other reef fin fish ban start­ing on Satur­day, so do be aware of the de­tails (see Tip be­low).

Matt Gra­ham at Brans­fords Tackle in Clifton Beach says the char­ter boys have been busy all week and the recre­ational guys are gear­ing up to make the most of the week­end be­fore the ban kicks in, with maybe a bit of night fish­ing in­volved.

But there’s no rea­son to get in a flap, he reck­ons. Just be­cause the bot­tom feed­ers are off lim­its for a time doesn’t mean there’s no fish on of­fer.

“A lot of them will fin­ish work on Fri­day and go straight out night fish­ing. They’ve got to be care­ful, you’ve got to watch your clo­sure times.

“Mind you, I don’t know how they po­lice that!”

All the pelag­ics are still out there to be tar­geted – “mack­erel, quee­nies, trevally, your more sport­ing fish, you can still go af­ter them”, Matt says.

“You’re not go­ing to be bot­tom fish­ing, you’re go­ing to be trolling and putting floaters out for mack­erel, which is still plenty of op­tions.”

So, as your mother once told you, there’s (still) plenty of other fish in the sea.

In­shore, Matt says, there are good re­ports of sal­mon get­ting along the coast. Big ones too.

He cred­its the net­ting bans for what now seems a much greater avail­abil­ity of king sal­mon along the coast when con­di­tions are right, such as a bout of norther­lies clean­ing up the wa­ter and bring­ing them in.

In the gut­ters off the beaches and the mouths of rivers, and on the flats, fishos could aspire to cap­ture one of th­ese mighty fish.

They get up to 1.8m and in the 17-22kg range, fight­ing all the way to the end. You’ll know all about it if you get one on the line.

Matt rec­om­mends mostly live bait such as sar­dines, mul­let or her­rings, but es­pe­cially a very large, greasy prawn (it’s worth shelling out for a premium, ex­tra large eat­ing-grade ex­am­ple!).

“We use a fairly heavy leader and a 4-oh to 6-oh size hook with a live bait.

“It’s a per­fect time with the tides build­ing up to the full moon, so the week­end should im­prove as it goes on.”

Use as light a sinker as pos­si­ble and let your bait drift in the cur­rent – it will go to where the fish are feed­ing.

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