The trick to fish­ing in win­ter

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

THE wa­ters are only get­ting cooler and it’s only get­ting windier this time of year.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, the fish­ing won’t be fan­tas­tic, but you can al­ways work around what na­ture throws at you.

Rule out fish­ing the reef with winds get­ting up to at least 35 knots, how­ever you can still try your luck in shel­tered ar­eas just off the coast.

Creeks and rivers will be your best bet for a good ses­sion out this week­end.

Andy from Brans­fords Tackle at Clifton Beach shared some great tips on how to fish in the win­ter months.

“With it be­ing a bit hard, a lot of peo­ple are us­ing lighter tackle than what they’d nor­mally use,” Andy said.

Lighter tackle is less ob­vi­ous to the fish.

“The fish are shy, we’ve got to beat them at their own game”.

“If you use finer line and leader you seem to get a lot bet­ter re­sults, this makes a big dif­fer­ence,” he said.

Peo­ple be­lieve as the water gets darker you need to lighten up your lures, but that is a myth.

“The darker the lure you use, the bet­ter re­sults you get, black is the go at the mo­ment,” Andy said.

“A lot of fish at the mo­ment are lazy, if you’re re­triev­ing pretty fast they tend to stay away but if you re­trieve a lit­tle slower, you’ll see much bet­ter re­sults.

With it be­ing a lit­tle colder, a lot of fish tend to go in the deeper ar­eas, so a sink­ing lure would work best.

Be sure to cast wher­ever there’s struc­ture, like bro­ken trees, branches and even rocks be­cause that’s where the fish are hid­ing.

Andy’s heard a few good re­ports of barra be­ing caught in the Port Dou­glas area, so that’s a good sign, con­sid­er­ing the weather.

Man­grove jack are said to be on the chew, as well as the stan­dard win­ter species, like bream, whit­ing and flat­head.

A full­moon is due to­mor­row so the best fish­ing should be this week­end.

“We do have a pretty good tides this week­end as well as a good amount of run,” Andy said.

If your fish­ing gear needs a bit of an update or you want to treat your­self, Brans­fords is hav­ing a huge sale dur­ing this month to cel­e­brate their 24th birth­day.

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