Miss­ing moth­ersin-law

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

NO luck for those fish­er­man keen to chase the barra, they have “lock­jaw” ac­cord­ing to Troy from Brans­fords Tackle in Clifton Beach. Peo­ple who want to chase barra will have to wait a few more weeks for them to get used to the cold snap that’s hap­pen­ing at the mo­ment.

Fish­ing this week­end shouldn’t be too bad, with winds on Satur­day get­ting to around 15 knots and Sun­day it’ll pick up a lit­tle to around 20 knots.

Fin­ger­mark have been on the chew lately so be sure to head out to in­shore wrecks, deep holes, or in­shore around the py­lons.

“You’ll find the deeper holes around creeks com­ing into the river will wash out the holes and live prawns will be around, so you should do well on the fin­ger­mark there,” said Troy at Brans­fords.

The lit­tle bit of rain we’ve had has pro­duced a few prawns, es­pe­cially the smaller bait prawns.

“If peo­ple want to get around with a cast net and catch their own fresh live bait they should do a lot bet­ter,” he said.

There’ll be about half a me­tre of run this week­end and it’s start­ing to come around to a neap tide, so fish­ing around deep holes and around jet­ties should be eas­ier.

Make sure you head out to your favourite spot on the beach in the late af­ter­noon — that time should pro­duce the most ac­tion, dur­ing high­t­ide.

Any­where on a beach that is a lit­tle bit shel­tered should be good fish­ing.

Early bird gets the fish. Head out ei­ther Fri­day or Satur­day early morn­ing (be­fore or just af­ter day­break) for your best chance to hook a mack­erel.

There’s no word on those black mar­lin that were hang­ing around last week.

Billy Hansen from Out­ra­geous Fish­ing Ad­ven­tures said man­grove jack have been spot­ted in the Mow­bray, and a few pil­lies or live sards should do the trick for those.

Moth­ers-in-law (mor­wong, painted sweet­lip or slatey bream) are one fish Billy and his crew haven’t spot­ted for the past two sea­sons.

Gi­ant trevally, coral trout and moses perch are a few of the fish get­ting around Batt Reef and Satel­lite.

Over­all “it’s all fish­ing pretty good off the bot­tom at the mo­ment,” said Billy.

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