Ev­ery­thing works for the fisho

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

THE bar­ra­mundi ban has ended, and as it hap­pens the con­di­tions are prime this week­end for anglers to go and tar­get this mar­vel­lous and prized species.

In fact, the com­bi­na­tion of tides (lots of run), moon, and weather (rainy, windy) means ev­ery­thing is pretty much stacked in the fishos’ favour, says Troy Ash­worth of Brans­fords Tackle down in Clifton Beach.

“Bet­ter to go chas­ing barra this week­end than any­thing else,” he says.

Fish­ing con­di­tions are also prime to­day (Fe­bru­ary 2) and to­mor­row.

For those who have to wait till the week­end, here’s what Troy rec­om­mends:

For chas­ing barra, you could hit the low and in­com­ing tides be­tween 9 and 11am at the river mouths or if you’re feel­ing a bit ad­ven­tur­ous and not too afraid of the croc­o­diles you could go just be­fore mid­night on Satur­day.

“Try to use sur­face lures. The barra should be boof­ing (ie, hit­ting the sur­face), feed­ing on the bait on the sur­face.” (See Tip of the Week).

Nor­mally you get a lot of bar­ra­mundi off the head­lands, then when the big rains come they head up the rivers.

“I love fish­ing the rocks at those high tides – but just be care­ful be­cause it’s slip­pery from the rain,” said Troy.

You can’t re­ally fish head­lands at low tide, so what you need is a medium, in­com­ing tide.

He said Brans­fords had been get­ting a lot of re­ports of barra off the jet­ties, es­pe­cially at Palm Cove, which is good news for the Sugar Wharf in Port Dou­glas and the pon­toons.

We’ve had the av­er­age amount of rain­fall for Jan­uary and if the nor­mal Fe­bru­ary rain ar­rives then the barra sea­son should be well set up, re­gard­ing their food sup­ply, breed­ing and later on their move­ment into the top reaches of the rivers and the flood­plains.

Mov­ing on from the barra, at this time of year ex­pect to find the big breeder sal­mon (10-15 kg) com­ing in, along with big queen­fish.

Brans­fords have been get­ting strong re­ports on both.

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