Knot very good, stay in­shore

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

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!”

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