Bit blowy but rivers fish well

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

THE winds will be up but not too much to ruin the fun over the week­end and early next week, as the re­cent pe­riod of favourable fish­ing con­di­tions rolls on.

The week­end will be in the op­ti­mal af­ter­glow of the full moon, and the usual big Easter tides mean there’s go­ing to be plenty of run (“equals fun” as fishos never fail to say).

But with sign­fi­ciant winds pre­vail­ing, keen fishos will need to make good use of the early morn­ing “win­dow” pe­riod be­fore the ven­ti­la­tion gets too strong.

Say, about 4am to hit the boat ramp and re­turn­ing by about 8 am – should be good.

These strong south east­er­lies mean the op­por­tu­ni­ties off­shore are limited to the larger tin­nies.

Troy Ash­worth at Brans­fords Tackle in Clifton beach has got it all fig­ured.

Over Easter he’ll be head­ing off­shore at Bloom­field River in chase of nan­ny­gai.

“In the in­shore reefs there are those nan­nies which are just over the le­gal size. They are per­fect eat­ing.”

In the in­let in Cairns there’s been a lot of re­ports about barra.

“The grunter are start­ing to come on the chew. That’s nor­mally a win­ter thing but I’m start­ing to get re­ports of grunter . . . ,” Troy said.

“Salmon have been around for a week or two with the prawns, but we’re not hear­ing as much about them as be­fore.

“The rivers have been go­ing re­ally well with all that lit­tle bit of rain we’ve had, and all the prawns around, and the barra.

“I think that hot weather fired them up and the wa­ter still hasn’t cooled down,” Troy said.

“Putting it all to­gether – the first cou­ple of days af­ter a new moon, all that run in the tide – it should be good fish­ing in the rivers at the week­end, even if it is a bit blowy.

“That bit of rain is still bring­ing food down the rivers.

“Ev­ery­thing is bring­ing on fish­ing in the rivers,” Troy said.

Fishos would likely find it in­ter­est­ing to see more info on the net­ting de­bate.

This Satur­day at 1:30 pm on Fish­ing Aus­tralia (WIN TV and Chan­nel TEN) the show com­pares Cairns’ net free zones old and new.

Cer­tainly a lot of peo­ple are at­tribut­ing the abundance of barra lately to the re­stric­tions in the Cairns area on com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity.

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