Rain spell a start of the flush

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

IT may not be a royal flush but it’s been pretty good, all this rain up our way.

Fishos have been hop­ing for at least the past three Wet Sea­sons for a good to give the rivers a proper flush out, and when it comes to the Dain­tree River at least it ap­pears to have done a nice job of it.

The Dain­tree rose 6 me­tres to a peak on Mon­day morn­ing, which was fairly im­pres­sive and gave plenty of cause for op­ti­mism.

“In the long run it’s go­ing to be very good for the river,” said Dave Pat­ter­son of Dave’s Dain­tree Char­ters.

“It’s needed a good flush out and hope­fully will get the bar­ra­mundi mov­ing.”

They move out of the river to breed along the coast to spawn, be­fore mov­ing back up into the up­per reaches even­tu­ally.

“They’re kind of flushed out of the river, I be­lieve. I’ve heard re­ports that they’ve been catch­ing them along the beach.”

Dave reck­oned it’s the start of a de­cent Wet Sea­son, at least, and a big im­prove­ment on last year.

“It’s a good start and we’ve got right up to April.”

He said busi­ness-wise things were quiet.

If peo­ple were want­ing to fish, around Snap­per Is­land would be the place to go.

But ap­par­ently they’re not so flush down in Cairns, de­spite those im­ages of the Bar­ron Falls in rag­ing tor­rents.

Matt Gra­ham at Brans­fords Tackle in Clifton Beach said much more heavy rain was needed be­fore the rivers would be prop­erly flushed.

He said the rain so far was “all good, it’s what we want, it’s go­ing to stir things up, which is what we’ve been wait­ing for.

“Hope­fully we’ll get a lot more. But this is not even the start. We need good flood­ing rains. And with the neap tides we had, there wasn’t even a lot of move­ment to make it flush out.”

Those fish­ing off the beaches lately have done well, thanks to all the bait­fish ex­pelled from the rivers.

Threadfin and queen­fish were around, along with the bar­ras.

Matt said mostly “rat” bar­ras were be­ing caught. The big­ger ones were be­ing taken by the com­mer­cial boys. They’re the breed­ers be­ing taken too soon and per­haps the barra ban had been lifted too early.

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