Knot very good, stay inshore
TWENTY knot winds forecast for the weekend mean the fishing is going to be restricted to the shoreline and rivers.
There are mangrove jack in the creeks and rivers, so fishos heading upstream should be able to do enough fishing to keep themselves entertained.
We’re in a transitional period when it comes to many fish species, as the cooler weather steadily descends.
Some species move closer to shore (see Tip below) and some species go off the bite for a while as they adjust to the changing temperatures.
Harry Goodman at Nautical Marine Sales in Port Douglas says the barra are a bit quiet. “People haven’t been catching much in the last little while,” he said. “The weather’s closed them in. I haven’t been hearing much about mackerel. But some of the charter boats have been catching nannygai around the deeper inshore reefs.”
But one place he likes for shore-based fishing is Yule Point, the scenic bump on the map just south of Port.
The sandy flats and fringing reef (pictured below at extreme low tide last week) offer opportunities if you pick the right tide – such as the low tide at midday on Saturday.
Flathead would be on the agenda. Use soft plastics and keep them low to the bottom.
Also, “go out to the flats and use top water, walk-the-dog style lures and you’ll have a good chance at a trevally. And there’s a small reef system there – if you walk right out at low tide you might have a chance at a small trout.”
People have been catching flathead off Rex Smeal Park in Port Douglas too, near the kids’ playground. There’s a bit of a mangrove area. “Just flick around there – but watch out for the crocs!”