Lake­field open for busi­ness

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

IF you’re sick of wait­ing for the wind out at the reef to die down or fed up with no re­sults at Ti­na­roo then you’ll be ex­cited to hear this.

Lake­field has opened up for the sea­son and the bar­ra­mundi fish­ing is fan­tas­tic.

Matt down at Brans­fords Tackle in Clifton Beach said Rinyirru (Lake­field) Na­tional Park is well worth the five hour drive for the fish­ing ad­ven­ture.

“This time last year we got 20 barra for the day, it’s just a fan­tas­tic place to eplore,” said Matt.

“You don’t have to have fancy equip­ment or a boat that’s the beauty of lake­field, there’s so many op­tions for land based fish­er­man,” he said.

“There’s iso­lated la­goons and wa­ter­holes so it’s quite an ad­ven­ture get­ting around there,” said Matt.

The barra grow big up there so be sure to use a good 40lb or 50 lb leader and div­ing hard body lures for bet­ter re­sults.

Barra aren’t only thing in the wa­ters, so be croc wise and if you’re cast from the banks stay a good dis­tance from the wa­ter.

Any­one can head up there with a four-wheel drive, there are des­ig­nated camp­ing ar­eas with great fa­cil­i­ties or if you man­age your time right it can be a day trip (see Tip be­low).

It’s that time of year where the winds haven’t been favourable for those who are keen on chas­ing mack­erel out on the reef, so stick to your es­tu­ar­ies, creeks and beaches if you’re want­ing to wet a line.

“It is good in that a lot of reef ar­eas can re­stock and get healthy again and it en­tices peo­ple to chase other species, it’s one of the joys of liv­ing up here,” said Matt.

It’s good news for those in­ter­ested in fish who put up a fight with queen­fish get­ting out and about.

“As soon as that wa­ter gets cooler we see a lot of queen­fish turn up, you can get them in the mouths of the rivers and es­tu­ary sys­tems,” said Matt.

“Use sur­face lures, pop­pers or stick­baits and live­bait is al­ways good too,” he said.

“It’s good tides for the bait­fish and es­pe­cially for the queen­fish and trevally,” Matt said.

Again, there’s still a chance of catch­ing your man­grove jack or bar­ra­mundi, all it takes is pa­tience.

The Dain­tree is still pro­duc­ing a fair amount of barra to keep fishos happy.

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