Per­fect time to wet a line

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

THIS week­end will be the best fish­ing we’ve seen in the past cou­ple of weeks, ac­cord­ing to Troy down at Brands­fords Tackle at Clifton Beach and his trusty al­manac.

“For peo­ple who can get out this week­end for a fish they should have a good time at it,” Troy said.

It seems mother na­ture has aligned.

It’ll be a cou­ple of days just af­ter the new moon, there’s al­most two me­tres of run and that lit­tle bit of rain we’ve just had should bring the fish on the chew.

Off­shore fish­ing could be off the cards this week­end un­less you have a big boat to brave the 15 to 20 knot winds.

For smaller boats, he said, “as usual early morn­ing around the wrecks would be ideal if you still want to head out”.

So boaties if you’re still keen on wet­ting a line, de­spite the rain and wind, the in­lets, creeks and rivers will be your best bet.

“Rain will tend to flush the creeks out a lit­tle bit and add a bit more food to the sys­tem and bring some fish on,” said Troy.

Win­ter time around the es- tu­rarys is when you’ll see the most of those whit­ing, bream and flat­head.

Troy says those species are very kid friendly an an easy species to tar­get for begin­ners.

Place a lit­tle bit of prawn on your tra­di­tional whit­ing rig (a long shank hook and a bead small sinker), cast into the shal­low sand flats around the mouths of rivers and move the bait around slow.

Finger­mark have been on the chew the last cou­ple of weeks and there’s al­ways a chance you could land a good man­grove jack too.

It’s still hard work to land the cov­eted bar­ra­mundi but they have been caught around the Dain­tree, with some per­sis­tence .

“In win­ter they do go down a lit­tle bit deeper so soft plas­tics or your deeper divers in amongst the snags,” Troy said.

“Get right in their face, even if they’re not hun­gry you could get an an­noy­ance strike out of them,” he said.

Satur­day will have a 10 o’lock high and a four o’lock low, both re­ally good tides to fish.

At high­t­ide head right up into the man­groves or at the low in­com­ing tide head to the river mouths for your chance at a salmon or even a barra.

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