Reef looks swell this week­end

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Gizelle Ghidella

FOR the first time in eight weeks, keen reef fish­er­men will fi­nally see a break in the weather this week­end.

Satur­day is look­ing like a cracker with winds 10 to 15 knots. The swell is 1.2m with a 12-se­cond break, ac­cord­ing to Billy Han­son at Out­ra­geous Fish­ing Ad­ven­tures.

The reef should be stocked well with mack­erel, reds and trout.

Sun­day will be rougher and Billy re­minds ev­ery­one to check fore­casts and watch con­di­tions once you’re out there.

“Keep an eye on the winds and the swells,” he said.

“It has been turn­ing a bit when we were out there this week.

“It’s very im­por­tant to make sure all your safety gear is up to date, like your EPIRB.”

The ideal time to head out should be mid-af­ter­noon Satur­day through to just after sun­set.

“There’s a small run-out tide dur­ing the day but a larger one in the evening,” Billy said.

For the sport fish­er­man, the GT should put on a good show.

“Throw some pop­pers in close to the reef around the bombies and they should come up to the sur­face and at­tack the lure. Live bait is al­ways good, you can place them out on the float or even bot­tom bash, there’s a lot you can do,” Billy said.

Pilchards or any sort of live bait will do for a great time out on the big blue.

Man­grove jack, bar­ra­mundi, queen­fish, and golden trevally have been caught around the in­let and off the su­gar wharf.

Keith from Brans­fords Tackle at Clifton Beach said queen­fish were also about in the Dain­tree with some weigh­ing over six ki­los.

River mouths are pro­duc­ing the goods on the hum­ble yabby as bait.

“You can catch re­ally nice whit­ing, bream, flat­head and grunter at the mouth of the Bar­ron River and Thoma­tis Creek,” Keith said.

“A young lad landed a 21kg GT with live bait up Thoma­tis, that’s just in­cred­i­ble.

If you’re keen on a feed of win­ter barra, the Dain­tree is a good place to start but if you want a week­end away Lake­field should fish well.

“Lake­field is go­ing off,” said Keith.

“There are a lot of fish that have come out of those iso­lated la­goons and are now in the main water­ways.”

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