Blow it, winds are get­ting up

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

IT’S go­ing to be a bit blowy this week­end, around 15 knots, which makes things dif­fi­cult for fishos with boats less than 5m try­ing to get off­shore.

But there is a prob­a­bly a bit of op­por­tu­nity for an­glers who get out be­fore dawn to take ad­van­tage of the eas­ier con­di­tions.

If you can ven­ture out a bit there are still re­ports of good nannygai catches quite close to shore, con­tin­u­ing a run of the past cou­ple of weeks.

If you can get off­shore, Troy Ashworth at Brans­fords Tackle in Clifton Beach rec­om­mends head­ing for the ship­ping chan­nel.

“We’ve been hear­ing lots of re­ports of the in­shore nan­ny­gais in the ship­ping chan­nel. Peo­ple go­ing out wide chas­ing them are go­ing out too far,” Troy said.

You’re look­ing at about 37 me­tres of wa­ter, and hope­fully a bot­tom with a bit of struc­ture of some kind – per­haps rub­bly ground, or a bit of rock – ba­si­cally any­thing that will hold a bit of bait that will at­tract fish.

“Some­times it might just be a patch of shell on the bot­tom with worm en­crus­ta­tions and fish will be feed­ing on that.

“And of course wonky holes are al­ways good, they al­ways have fish – but good luck get­ting any GPS on them. Ev­ery­one guards them like gold.”

Else­where, “the jacks have been go­ing pretty well,” he said. “We hooked onto a few in the Up­per Bar­ron the other day and heard of kids fur­ther down catch­ing heaps of quite big ones, one af­ter the other.”

With­out any rain – ie, fresh­wa­ter – this is a good time for crab­bing.

Dol­phin­fish have come in, mostly smaller fe­males but also some big­ger ex­am­ples among them, and other species get­ting around in­clude tuna – whether yel­lowfin, mack tuna or long­tails – and marlin in a bit of a late sea­son flour­ish, and lit­tle schoolie mack­erel around all the jet­ties, wrecks and places like Snap­per Is­land.

If you can fish a southerly wreck early on, head head home with the souther­lies.

Happy fish­ing.

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