Sun­day looks the best shot

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

THERE’S plenty of breeze about, but it will abate a lit­tle bit on Sun­day, enough for fishos to go way off­shore if they want to.

If they do they will find the nan­ny­gai, coral trout, and red em­peror – the bot­tom fish – fish­ing well.

The neap tides start Sun­day/Mon­day, co­in­cid­ing with calmer weather early next week.

Any­one head­ing off­shore will be won­der­ing whether the span­ish mack­erel are turning up in num­ber.

It’s about that time of year.

But so far, ac­cord­ing to Matt Gra­ham of Brans­fords Tackle in Clifton Beach, there are very few re­ports of catches.

“It usu­ally hap­pens around now,” Matt said. “The wa­ter’s cool­ing off. They’re not far away. Any­way, there’s still plenty of the bot­tom fish bit­ing out there.”

More in­shore there are re­ports of plenty of salmon and queen­fish still around off the beaches – “which is a bit un­usual,” Matt said.

“With that dirty wa­ter we’ve been hav­ing with these strong winds, it’s been salmon, cat­fish and sharks, a lot of un­de­sir­able species.”

The district’s rivers have been fish­ing steadily with the typ­i­cal win­ter species, es­pe­cially whit­ing and bream.

A lot of fish­er­men will be chas­ing those species, so it’s a good time to think about dou­ble hooks on your rig, says Matt. [See Tip be­low] Brans­fords can show you how to do it if you need help, and soon you’ll be a mas­ter.

Mud crabs are thin­ning out as the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture falls, along with the prawns.

No mat­ter what the sea­son is, up here there’s al­ways some­thing to have a crack at, Matt said.

Brans­fords have just got a new batch of high qual­ity cast nets.

As al­ways, prepa­ra­tion for your fish­ing trip pays off.

So aim for some good qual­ity fresh bait.

Chances of nail­ing that are im­proved with a good cast net.

“Fresh is best,” said Matt, some­thing the ex­perts say fre­quently.

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