Get set for a great week­end

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

CON­DI­TIONS for fish­ing have been per­fect and look set to stay that way into next week.

Low wind and a glassy, clear sea mean there’s noth­ing in the way of a good ses­sion.

“Ev­ery­body’s go­ing fish­ing,” said Andy Jen­nings at Brans­fords Tackle in Clifton Beach.

The store has been ex­tremely busy with an­glers stock­ing up for a trip to the blue high­way. In­clud­ing lots of the ladies. “You can’t get any bet­ter con­di­tions than these at the mo­ment,” Andy said.

“The weather’s turned re­ally nice and the sea is crys­tal clear.

“This is what we’ve been wait­ing for. You can fish any­where you want to.”

The full moon has been a fac­tor too – some peo­ple like to fish ei­ther side of it, and some like to fish on the full moon.

“It does il­lu­mi­nate the wa­ter,” Andy said.

“With the sea a lot clearer, the preda­tor fish can ac­tu­ally see the smaller fish, so a lot of peo­ple are catch­ing them on sur­face lures, pop­pers, hard bod­ies, soft plas­tics, they’re catch­ing ev­ery­thing.”

As well as that, there are “fan­tas­tic” tides com­ing up at the week­end. So lots of run is guar­an­teed.

Catches this week have been pretty spec­tac­u­lar.

The star has been bar­ra­mundi. “They’re go­ing crazy,” Andy said.

There’s plenty of mack­erel around, in­clud­ing at the Sugar Wharf and in Cook­town.

In the Dain­tree River there are re­ports of huge fin­ger­mark.

“I don’t think it mat­ters where you go this week­end,” Andy said.

“You could fish in a lit­tle pud­dle and do all right.”

Flat­head are about in good num­ber, sal­mon are still run­ning, prawns and crabs are about – “ev­ery­thing’s on the go,” ac­cord­ing to Andy.

Harry Good­man, down at Nau­ti­cal Marine Sales in Port Dou­glas, said the prawns are go­ing well off the beach, and in­ter­est­ingly there were squid around the rocks in Port Dou­glas – “weird, for some rea­son”.

Also span­ish mack­erel – a cou­ple of whop­pers near 1½ me­tres big were caught by lo­cal recre­ational fishos out wide in 30-50 me­tres of wa­ter.

Off the Sugar Wharf they are cathing stripeys and “var­i­ous smaller stuff”.

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