Sur­prise re­turn of mack­erel

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Tom Volling

LO­CAL fishos are lick­ing their lips and clear­ing their freez­ers in prepa­ra­tion for what’s look­ing like a wel­come early run of mack­erel this year.

A fore­cast tem­per­a­ture drop and ease in sea con­di­tions is ex­pected to en­tice more boat­ies back onto the wa­ter to­mor­row.

Fish­er­man Harry Goodman, of Nau­ti­cal Ma­rine Sales, said mack­erel were bit­ing around Port Dou­glas, Snap­per Is­land and Un­dine Cay.

“Mack­erel are on for some rea­son, they are usu­ally later in the year,” he said.

“It could be some­thing to do with the cy­clone, or some sort of cur­rent change.”

The Far North an­gler said light south-east­er­lies should pro­vide good fish­ing con­di­tions in the next few days.

“If you want to go fish­ing, go on Satur­day morn­ing – or take a sickie on Fri­day,” he said.

“Use a deep-div­ing lure with a wog­head and try to use dif­fer­ent depths when trolling for mack­erel.”

Mr Goodman said plenty of prawns were be­ing net­ted at beaches.

Clifton Beach Brans­fords Tackle Shop owner Matt Gra- ham said the mack­erel be­ing caught were small.

“The wa­ter is still hot, as soon as that tem­per­a­ture drops, it is the start of the mack­erel run,” he said.

“They are not in schools, but they are around here and there.”

“When the tem­per­a­ture gets into the 20s they start turn­ing up in schools”

Lo­cals have also hooked swags of bar­ra­mundi at the north­ern beaches the week.

A 110cm spec­i­men was the big­gest catch.

“All that storm buildup and change in pres­sure al­ways helps stir things up – we have weighed a lot of fish in the past few days,” Mr Gra­ham said.

“A lot of kids are bring­ing the pho­tos in. Most are caught off the beaches and rocks, ba­si­cally any­where they can get to by push­bike.”

Ear­lier in the week threats of Cy­clone Debbie lash­ing the Far North did not de­ter keen an­glers, with a “few mad bug­gers” wet­ting a line.

“There were a few diehard fish­er­men who went out through that time be­cause the bite you get when a cy­clone is com­ing through is in­cred­i­ble,” Mr Gra­ham said. “It is like a bloody fat kid on a cup cake – they are not go­ing to say no.”

Th­ese three an­glers with Cook­town Barra Char­ters were happy with their catches, in­clud­ing Rodger (top) and Daisy (cen­tre) with large-mouth nan­ny­gai and Mark with a co­bia.

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