Chase the nan­ny­gai in­shore

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

IT’S been beau­ti­ful out on the pond.

Flat and calm, not much wind, near ideal con­di­tions for lo­cal fishos.

Off Port Dou­glas the char­ter guys have been op­er­at­ing quite close in, fish­ing the in­ner reefs and marks.

“All those rub­bly patches and wonky holes off Port Dou­glas, they’ve been catch­ing nan­ny­gai on those,” said Matt Gra­ham of Brans­fords Tackle in Clifton Beach.

They’re a win­ter species re­ally but es­pe­cially around the neap tides they seem to fish a lot bet­ter in­shore, said Matt.

They are es­ti­mat­ing 10-15 knots for to­day and then it will get up around 15-20 knots on Fri­day after­noon.

There may be a highly vari­able set of con­di­tions with brief rain spells and squalls.

With the good tides lead­ing up to the full moon it would nor­mally be a time to head out wide, but the stronger winds are likely to pre­vent that for most fishos.

So it would make sense to stay in­shore and tar­get the nan­ny­gai.

They feed at night so that’s go­ing to be a prime time. In the day they don’t move around much un­til there’s tidal run, so to tar­get them in those times you need to drop a bait vir­tu­ally right on their nog­gin. And that’s around the wonky holes and rub­ble patches.

It’s mostly bait fish­ing but some guys use jigs and plas­tics.

When the tide starts run­ning, it’s like some­one flicked a switch and the nan­ny­gai be­come much more ac­tive, feed­ing on bunched up bait fish.

The bar­ra­mundi fish­ing is go­ing well, Matt said. “It’s been awe­some since that net-free zon­ing was in­tro­duced.

“The rivers and es­tu­ar­ies are pro­duc­ing a lot of fish,” he said. “Kids are go­ing fish­ing af­ter school and catch­ing bar­ras and quee­nies off the beach and they’ve never been able to that ever.

“You go down the beach in the after­noons and all the kids are down there fish­ing. It’s great.” Prawns are still pro­fuse. Plenty of peo­ple are hit­ting the beaches for a feed of prawns and the prawn trawlers are ac­tive close to shore.

Matt reck­ons the wa­ter tem­per­a­tures have started to cool, thanks prob­a­bly to all the rain. Easter is tra­di­tion­ally when the wa­ter starts to cool enough for the mack­erel to show up.

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