Week­end shap­ing up nicely

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

CON­DI­TIONS are look­ing good for an­glers this week­end.

We’re in that four or five day pe­riod af­ter a full moon, which is usu­ally a prime time.

As well, the king tides have been mak­ing lots of run, the ef­fects of which are lin­ger­ing.

And best of all the wind is fore­cast to be around 10 knots, from the west.

Ac­cord­ing to Andy Jen­nings at Brans­fords Tackle in Clifton Beach, the west­er­lies are prompt­ing some fishos to haul out their fly fish­ing gear, given the cast­ing gets some air­borne aid.

Of course, bar­ra­mundi are on ev­ery­one’s mind if they’re dip­ping a line.

“They’re very good at the mo­ment all the way from Cairns to Port Dou­glas,” said Andy, a four-year vet­eran in sales at Brans­fords.

Machans Beach is par­tic­u­larly good.

They have also been catch­ing sal­mon up to 1.2m.

“It just seems to be get­ting bet­ter. There’s a lot of prawns about and peo­ple are us­ing the cast nets and get­ting ki­los at a time. We’re get­ting a good feed on the prawns. They’re ev­ery­where.”

Brans­fords are sell­ing lots of nets. The sales peo­ple are happy to give novices a few tips about cast net­ting

Of course you wouldn’t want to be wad­ing. Be croc­wise, cast off from the sand and be fa­mil­iar with your sur­round­ings and the lo­cal croc siu­ta­tion as much as pos­si­ble.

Out wide, there have been good catches at the first and sec­ond wrecks, just past Dou­ble Is­land. (They are very well known, but if you need de­tail, phone Brans­fords for the GPS co-or­di­nates. The shop also has a bunch of new maps of the favourite lo­cal fish­ing ar­eas.)

The Daintree River mouth is fish­ing well.

And Oak Beach is pro­duc­ing some huge sal­mon, as well as very nice crabs.

“They do tend to go walk­a­bout, the big ones, on the big tides. Very sim­i­lar to the croc­o­diles, they are on the move as well.”

For this week­end he would go around the mouth of the Bar­ron River, or Daintree River.

At the Daintree River mouth, there are blue and king sal­mon, bar­ra­mundi and gi­ant trevally, along with the usual bream and grunter etc.

Up the river there are plenty of “rat” barra.

Have a great week­end.

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