Neap tide to bring on strikes

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

STICK to the creeks and in­lets with the weather not look­ing good for reef fish­ing, again.

Matt from Brans­fords Tackle in Clifton Beach said only big boats are hav­ing all the fun brav­ing the 15 to 20 knot winds.

“It doesn’t look too promis­ing that there’ll be gaps in the wind,” he said.

“The diehard fish­er­man are out there and they’re catch­ing a lot of fish but it’s not easy.

“Lead­ing up to this week­end you got a more neap tide, the sort of tide I pre­fer for lure fish­ing.

“There isn’t a lot of move­ment between the tides but there’s still a lot of tide run.

“For lure fish­ing in snags you get a lot more time to present your lure com­pared to the big tides,” said Matt.

A neap tide is the high­est lows and the low­est highs and Satur­day and Sun­day should be the per­fect time to flick some lures.

The water is warm enough for barra to be get­ting about.

“For those tides I love fish­ing the Dain­tree and the Rus­sell and Mul­grave Rivers .

“The Dain­tree is a lovely spot, more up­stream in those fresh­wa­ter parts but on th­ese tides you can fish the en­tire sys­tem.

“On the runout tide we go closer to the mouth and then when the tide turns we fol­low it back up the river,” Matt said.

Sus­pend­ing lures, soft plas­tics and slower pre­sen­ta­tion lures and per­fect for this time of year, com­pared to warmer months where you’d opt for shal­low and quick ac­tion lures.

“Slow ac­tion lures that sink or sus­pend al­low you to leave it in the strike zone longer to max­imise your chances,” he said.

If you’re look­ing at chang­ing up your fish­ing style to chase trout, barra or mack­erel, vibes are a good way to go.

“Vibes are nor­mally used in deep holes in the rivers where barra hang out but they’re also good around the is­lands and in­shore wrecks.

“You drop them to the bot­tom sink them down and lift them up and re­peat the process.

“The lure vi­brates to im­i­tate an in­jured bait­fish,” Matt said.

It’ll be busy on the water th­ese school hol­i­days and Matt ad­vises ev­ery­one head­ing out to be pre­pared, plan ahead and get in early.

“Fish­ing is time with a line in the water, not time on the water, that’s boat­ing,” he said.

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