Good old flush will ex­cite fish

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

AT last! A good dump of rain into the catch­ments is go­ing to shake up fish­ing con­di­tions just nicely.

Fresh­wa­ter run­ning into the creeks and streams is go­ing to be driv­ing in­sects and all sorts of food into those wa­ter­ways, which means man­grove jacks and the like are go­ing to get­ting ex­cited. it not only looks like Christ­mas, but a proper Wet Sea­son – at least for now, as the rain con­tin­ues into the week­end.

It does spell the end of that cy­cle of in­shore nan­ny­gai though, as the fresh wa­ter means will they head fur­ther off­shore. it was great while it lasted. But first, to the streams. As Troy at Brans­ford Tackle re­minds us, when tar­get­ting your jacks etc in the streams, look for that colour change in the wa­ter, where dirty wa­ter is run­ning off into cleaner wa­ter. That’s where the preda­tors are go­ing to be hang­ing around, where lit­tle creeks and run offs run into big­ger ones.

Cods, jacks, bar­ras (though still un­der a ban), and fin­ger­mark are go­ing to be in the ac­tion.

Live bait will work best, with a float, un­weighted. You don’t to be fish­ing with sinkers, as they’ll just snag a lot of de­bris from the run off wa­ter.

Troy rec­om­mends lures – “some­thing with a bit of rat­tle to it. Be­cause it’s dirty wa­ter you need to get fish’s at­ten­tion. A lot of shads with a bit of a wob­ble in them are go­ing to work well. And then early morn­ing and late af­ter­noon, I use a pop­per, if that sur­face clut­ter al­lows.”

Soft plas­tics can be use­ful here too. They tend to only have small hooks so don’t get fouled too much. “It’s less has­sle in all the de­bris and they still get bites,” Troy said.

Off the beaches, he said, there are a lot of cat­fish around at the mo­ment.

“They go hand in hand with salmon.

“If the salmon have been bit­ing be­fore, they are cer­tainly go­ing to be bit­ing now that all that food has been washed out to the ocean.”

An­other prod­uct of this rain is likely to be the start of the prawn cy­cle. So given a lit­tle time, the fish­ing ac­tion is re­ally go­ing to step up.

By the way, Brans­fords have a hot pro­mo­tion at the mo­ment – for very $30 you spend you get an en­try in the draw for $200 worth of Z Man prod­ucts, drawn on Fe­bru­ary 1.

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