Fish­able 15 knots Sun­day

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

BOATIES could be blessed with another nice drop in the winds just in time for the week­end, ac­cord­ing to Matt from Brans­fords Tackle out at Clifton Beach.

Sun­day should drop to an es­ti­mated 15 knots with the swell drop­ping as well. “Fi­nally,” Matt said. “It’ll be a bit bumpy but it’ll give a few more guys the op­tion to go out.

“Last week­end quite a few peo­ple went out, the big­gest tar­get be­ing the Span­ish mack­erel.

“Peo­ple were out on Batt and Tongue Reef, they had dou­ble hook ups and it didn’t take them long to get their bag limit. They had to start tar­get­ing other fish to fill up the rest of their day.”

There’s been a few re­ports of peo­ple catch­ing large mouth nan­ny­gai at the in­shore wrecks, which is very un­usual.

“Ev­ery­one tar­get­ing fin­ger­mark were catch­ing those nan­ny­gai, that’s even bet­ter I reckon,” Matt said.

“It’s un­usual for the nan­ny­gai to be there, es­pe­cially in those num­bers.

“With the winds up for so long I sup­pose a lot of these spots have re­stocked,” he said.

The moon lines up per­fectly on Satur­day, it’d be the best time to tar­get mack­erel, although the winds are set to be be­tween 15 to 20 knots.

Ac­cord­ing to Matt, the winds “can’t make their mind up”, so be sure to al­ways check on­line be­fore you head out or could be a rough ride.

“Reef fish­ing won’t be ideal but if you do take ad­van­tage of it you should do al­right,” he said.

Satur­day will see a big tide run and lots of move­ment with the big­gest tide be­ing at 10pm, it’ll be es­pe­cially good to tar­get the barra.

“The in­lets and creeks should fish well and I al­ways pre­fer to use live bait when there’s lots of run and move­ment in the wa­ters,” Matt said. “Big tides, big fish. “The best thing to use on big tides is fresh bait, so make sure you use a good cast net.

“There’s still a big tide dur­ing the day from 9am to 3pm so it’s per­fect for most peo­ple, it’ll be good for the kids too,” he said.

The Dain­tree should be fish­ing well too but watch out for all those crocs.

“We caught more barra in the Dain­tree than at Lake­field, it’s do­ing re­ally well,” Matt said. THERE’S noth­ing more im­por­tant than plan­ning. Matt from Brans­fords said “If you plan your day around the tides, you’ll see bet­ter re­sults”. Like us, fish don’t eat all all day. An hour ei­ther side on a turn of the tide will al­low any fish­er­man to do much bet­ter. Avoid dead low un­less you’re col­lect­ing live bait. Matt also rec­om­mends get­ting to your spot a bit ear­lier than the tide charts sug­gest as they are only guides. Re­mem­ber prac­tice makes per­fect! THE big­gest fish I ever caught was a bar­ra­mundi, big­ger than a me­tre, right here off the Sugar Wharf.

I had such a rush catch­ing the barra, when it hit the line it was in­sane, there was a lot of ac­tion but it was so hard to bring up.

I moved here from Bali about five years ago. I live in Mel­bourne now but I love vis­it­ing.

The first time I came here was my first time fish­ing.

I spent a lot of time and ef­fort learn­ing what to do.

I learnt the hard way but af­ter all this time I started to get a sense of what to do like ex­actly what bait works when and what hooks to use.

My friends and I we all work to­gether, we stay here for 12 hours some­times, it’s good to share knowl­edge so we all learn some­thing.

The beauty of fish­ing is when you’re ac­tu­ally en­joy­ing the fight.

When I want to have fun I use a light fish­ing rod to play the fish.

This is a good spot but it’s very dan­ger­ous be­cause we’ve seen a big 4 me­tre croc pass through here.

I love com­ing here and re­lax­ing; we sit here and en­joy our­selves and it’s nice be­cause it’s not too crowded.

There’s a lot of big fish here at night and be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced it’s easy to know what to find and how to catch it.

We’re aim­ing to catch a shark tonight.

TOP: Scott with a mas­sive GT caught with the first bait of the morn­ing with Cook­town Barra Char­ters. MID­DLE: Bill with a nice jack caught with Cook­town Barra Char­ters BOT­TOM: Young Char­lie Hard happy to land his first black mar­lin off the coast of Cairns.

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