It’s get­ting close to prime time

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

A cou­ple of de­cent dumps of rain have given the rivers a bit of a flush, though plenty more is needed, fishos say, to make for the fairly in­ad­e­quate rain­fall of the past few Wet Sea­sons.

Speak­ing of the Dain­tree River, Dave Pat­ter­son of Dave’s Dain­tree Fish­ing Char­ters says “it re­ally needs a big flush out”.

“We haven’t had a flood for a few years. There’s lots of weed in the river. It’s not nor­mal, what’s hap­pened in the past few years.”

Lately, he says, “I haven’t been fish­ing in the river hardly at all.”

Tak­ing clients out off­shore, he drops off the odd crab pot on the way but the pick­ings have been lean.

An­other thing af­fected by a few years of low rain­fall, he reck­ons.

But out at Snap­per and when fish­ing the wreck in the ship­ping chan­nel, there is plenty go­ing on.

“It’s just bet­ter to take peo­ple out there when you can,” he says.

Out there he’s been catch­ing co­ral trout, nan­ny­gai and there are still Span­ish mack­erel around.

And around the wreck the sharks put on quite a show for the vis­i­tors. “They love it,” says Dave.

Bull sharks, whalers and the odd tiger shark like to help them­selves to the catch – it’s not un­com­mon to reel in a trevally with a big bite out of it, or the fish bit­ten in half.

“There’s lots and lots of sharks around,” says Dave. “They get their share.”

Dy­lan Case down at Nau­ti­cal Marine Sales in Port Dou­glas says the rain so far has done a bit to flush out the creeks and streams.

He’s been fish­ing up the Moss­man River and other wa­ter­ways lo­cally.

It’s a great time for jacks, he says.

“There’s plenty of them in the snags.”

Dy­lan says the mouths of the rivers are pro­duc­tive at the mo­ment, thanks to a lot of jelly prawns and bait­fish fry such as baby mul­let get­ting around, draw­ing in fish like tar­pon, lit­tle queen­fish, salmon, and gi­ant trevally.

He thinks in the next cou­ple of weeks the big­ger preda­tors will start show­ing up.

Then we’ll be in fish­ing prime time, ab­so­lutely one of the best times of the year for fish­ing.

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