Fri­day is on our minds

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - OUT­LOOK Gizelle Ghidella

FRI­DAY is the best day to put your line in the wa­ter as it comes just after the full moon so it’ll be good fish­ing.

“Over the week­end it’s the first cou­ple of days after the full moon which is great fish­ing with a bit over a half a me­tre of run and your best fish­ing times would be around 8am to 10am,” said Troy Ash­worth, down at Brans­fords Tackle in Clifton Beach.

Make sure you head out within the change of the tide, around an hour ei­ther side.

Troy said the Dain­tree has been fish­ing quite well so far, es­pe­cially on the larger man­grove jack.

We’re on the way out of the tran­si­tion pe­riod where the tem­per­a­tures are cool­ing the wa­ters to be­low 25 de­grees.

The barra, jack and fin­ger­mark are qui­eter in these cooler winds and tem­per­a­tures but you’ll still have a chance to catch them, how­ever there’s a smaller bite win­dow.

“It has cooled down a fair bit so for the peo­ple who want to have a crack at the jacks and barra, it’ll pretty much be your last crack at some good ses­sions,” said Troy.

“You can catch barra and jacks any time of year, even in the cooler months be­cause they still have to eat.”

Schools of 10kilo plus Span­ish mack­erel will be get­ting about, so make sure you pen­cil in a trip to the reef.

Fish­er­men hop­ing to land the large Spa­niards should head out to Pixie Reef and Snap­per Is­land and use an old school method (see Tip).

Land-based fishos will be happy to see the wa­ter cool­ing if they want to chase bream, whit­ing and flat­head.

The winds on the week­end will be around 10 to 15 knots, and it’ll jump to to maybe 20 knots, so be sure to head out be­fore sun­rise for the early morn­ing calm and come back around at around 8 or 9 am.

Black Mar­lin are com­ing in un­usu­ally early this sea­son.

“We’re start­ing to hear re­ports of the lit­tle black mar­lin get­ting around which is very very early, so for those who want to chase it, come in and grab your mar­lin gear.”

It’s not only that, strange species have been spot­ted since around Christ­mas, ac­cord­ing to Troy.

“We had dog tooth tuna hap­pen­ing, we had a late sea­son with dol­phin fish and we had Blue Mar­lin, which is al­most un­heard of.”

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