Es­tu­ar­ies the best spots now

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

MORE rain is fore­cast head­ing into the week­end, so fishos are likely to find the river mouths and es­tu­ar­ies are the place to go.

The fresh wa­ter run­ning into streams has pushed prawns and mud­crabs sea­ward.

In our neck of the woods there have been very good catches of prawns, and like­wise fur­ther south.

Wonga Beach, Newell and Cooya have been great for prawns. On the beaches there have also been queen­fish, tar­pon and salmon, chas­ing the prawn schools around.

Re­ports from Dick­son In­let have been light on – the tourists have gone home. There were a few grunter caught last week.

Down south it’s been in­ter­est­ing. “They’ve been catch­ing a lot on the fly gear,” said Andy Jen­nings of Brans­fords Tackle in Clifton Beach.

“They’ve been us­ing a lot of flies that look like shrimp.”

These are work­ing be­cause there are tons of prawns out there at the mo­ment. They’re even bag­ging them off Palm Cove Jetty.

So where’s there’s prawns there are plenty of preda­tors too. Sim­i­larly with bait fish. they are ev­ery­where at the mo­ment. “The fish­ing’s gone mad,” Andy said.

Flies are work­ing well in these con­di­tions. The seethrough shrimp fly, in a range of sizes, is do­ing the trick, Andy said.

“Fish fool­ing flies,” they’re called, a term you’d bet­ter not try if you’ve had a few brews on the way to the fish­ing mark.

They are catch­ing barra, trout, man­grove jack – ev­ery­thing off the beaches, rocks and head­lands.

Places like El­lis Beach for ex­am­ple.

The wolf her­ring are chas­ing the plen­ti­ful bait­fish con­gre­gat­ing there, the mack­erel are chas­ing the her­ring, and the fin­ger­mark are at the top of the chain.

There’s been no let up in the crabs ei­ther – big ones. “Peo­ple are get­ting three or four at a time,” Andy said.

In the deeper waters fishos are do­ing well on the reds, Span­ish mack­erel, school­ing mack­erel, and grey mack­erel.

Barra are on the chew in the rivers. In the Bar­ron River a bloke had 16 on and landed 11.

These and other shel­tered spots are the ob­vi­ous choices while the winds are push­ing up a bit.

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