Promis­ing week­end on of­fer

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

SEA con­di­tions look pretty good for the com­ing week­end, mean­ing that those who aspire to wran­gling a mar­lin may well get their chance.

The winds will abate over the next cou­ple of days but are pre­dicted to pick up a bit by the week­end – noth­ing ex­treme, around about 15 knots.

So it should be a happy hunt­ing ground for most fishos, and there’s plenty go­ing on at the mo­ment.

Troy Ash­worth at Brans­fords Tackle in Clifton Beach says the mar­lin have been around in good num­bers in the past week.

One of the guys at the shop caught two, us­ing threadfin tuna as bait.

“We’re get­ting more mar­lin in the past week than in the rest of the sea­son com­bined,” said Troy.

“In that wahi wahi comp off Yorkey’s they had more mar­lin caught than dol­phin­fish and wahu, which they were tar­get­ting.”

He thinks they are com­ing in to fol­low the tuna schools.

As well as those, there are lots of dol­phin­fish around too – plenty of lit­tle ones but with the odd one of size in the mix too.

Troy said there is an­other week or two to go with the in­shore nan­ny­gai.

Fish­ing the wrecks has been prof­itable, and his per­sonal favourite is the ship­ping chan­nel off Bloom­field.

“Night time or early morn­ing, but they’re even bit­ing dur­ing the day,” he said. “I got seven nan­nies, most around the 8-9 kg mark, and one over 10 kg, in three hours in the mid­dle of the day off Bloom­field,” Troy said.

“They come in­shore to breed.”

There’s still a lot of salmon around, and heaps of tar­pon.

“There are plenty of 2kg­plus tar­pon around, which is very big for them. I got one off the jetty which was 2 kg 36 grams which is close to the world record,” Troy said.

“I weighed it just in case. The world record is some­thing like 2.8 or 2.9 kilo.”

The norther­lies and the clean, warm wa­ter near the coast are bring­ing the salmon in.

They’re a school­ing fish, though you may find them get­ting around in pairs.

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