Don’t fret, barra back on soon

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

THE wind is com­ing up for the rest of the week and the week­end, round about 10-15 knots, which means the con­di­tions will still be fish­able, though con­sid­er­ably less con­ducive than in re­cent days.

The west­er­lies and norther­lies have made the wa­ter rather warm, as much as 33 deg, says Matt Gra­ham at Brans­fords Tackle in Clifton Beach.

“It’s been not so much fish­ing weather but good boat­ing weather,” he said.

The clearer wa­ter means you have to work a lot harder.

Fish will be head­ing out of it to the cooler wa­ters. Smarter fishos will be fish­ing in the deeper and cooler chan­nels which have good cur­rent, mak­ing for cooler wa­ter temps.

“Lots of guys will head out to the Con­ti­nen­tal Shelf,” Matt said.

There’s still a lot of dol­phin­fish, wahu, and dog­tooth tuna get­ting around out wide at the mo­ment, be­ing the main tar­get species.

“There’s good dog­tooth tuna around. They’re one of the pre­mium eat­ing fish,” Matt said.

“Not many peo­ple catch them. They’re very hard on tackle. They test a lot of tackle out. They’ve got a mouth full of ca­nine-like teeth. “And it’s a big mouth too.” To tar­get one of these you need to have high qual­ity tackle and be ready in ev­ery re­gard. “They’re tackle de­stroy­ers. When they bite, it’s re­ally on,” said Matt. “They’re the ul­ti­mate an­i­mals of the seas, these things.

“They’re very pow­er­ful. Tuna normally have a pre­dictable fight – you know they’re go­ing to go deep, and they’ll go in a cir­cle.

“Whereas dog­tooth tuna go sid­ways, out, down, left, right, all over the place.

“It’s like a re­ally big shark on the end of your line.”

Most of those caught around Cairns are in the 20-80 lb range but they can get much big­ger.

Matt said fish­ing has been good along the head­lands be­tween Cairns and Port Dou­glas. Good salmon are be­ing caught, and lots of queen­fish -“thanks to our net­ting rules, I’m pretty sure”.

And of course ev­ery­one is get­ting their tackle ready for the open­ing of the bar­ra­mundi sea­son, at mid­day Fe­bru­ary 1. With­out the re­gion hav­ing had much of a Wet Sea­son, wash­ing feed into the wa­ter­ways, the barra should be hun­gry . . .

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