Look­ing good for week­end

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - GET REEL - OUT­LOOK Shane Ni­chols

MOD­ER­ATE winds of 5-10 knots are pre­dicted for the week­end, which apart from the odd rain squall means con­di­tions are go­ing to be rather good for fish­ing.

But do be alert to the squalls – any­one in a tin­nie can dis­cover them­selves sud­denly bat­tling 15 knot head­winds with the sea state de­cid­edly un­com­fort­able.

“We went out this morn­ing to the sec­ond wreck (off Cairns), it was sup­posed to be 5-10 knots, but we were head­ing into 10-15 knot winds from the north,” said Troy Ash­worth of Bans­ford’s Tackle in Cairns.

“When we were fish­ing it calmed down a lit­tle bit and then by the time we came to work we were head­ing into 15-20 com­ing from the south.

“The wind comes from the same di­rec­tion as the rain.

“We knew it was go­ing to be patchy, by look­ing at the radar be­fore we left.”

Matt Gra­ham caught a 9kg nan­ny­gai; Troy got a 9kg gold spot cod. “We dropped a cou­ple of co­bia — one about 15 kilo — and a cou­ple of nan­nies.”

Re­gard­ing other fish­ing, Troy said he thought all the rain may be set­ting up a good run of prawns. “It should be pretty soon,” he said.

There are a lot of gi­ant trevally around: “we’re get­ting a lot of re­ports of them, they’re get­ting them off the jet­ties”.

At this time of year the big­ger salmon are get­ting around in places like Cooya Beach. “The big­ger breed­ers come in from around 5km off­shore,” Troy said, “and move around the mouths of the rivers.”

The big­ger live mul­let work well for catch­ing these.

Oddly enough, there are re­ports of tons of grunter off the flats lately (nor­mally a win­ter species).

Some good queen­fish should be ex­pected for this time of year, he said, in places like the Sugar Wharf and the pub­lic pon­toon on Dick­son In­let.

Cast slugs and pop­pers for them, he rec­om­mends.

If peo­ple are chas­ing nan­nies or reds he rec­om­mends 50-60m of wa­ter and around the wonky holes.

The big dumps of rain are just what’s needed to foster the breed­ing cy­cle of the bar­ra­mundi.

“From what I’ve heard over the years,” says Troy, “one big dump of rain and three years later there’s good barra.”

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