There is ac­tion up the creek

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

THERE’S a lot do to out on the wa­ter this week­end.

Con­di­tions are good, ac­cord­ing to Andy from Brans­fords Tackle at Clifton Beach.

“The wind’s dropped com­pared to pre­vi­ous weeks,” he said.

It’ll be best to stick in­shore where winds will reach up to 15 knots com­pared to the off­shore reefs where it’ll get up to 20 knots.

“The queen­fish are about and on the bite, we’ve seen re­ports of schools of tuna pass­ing through off­shore which is great.

“It’s a good sign to see the ju­ve­nile mar­lin start to come through, they’re only lit­tle about 15 to 50 ki­los.

Mar­lin can be caught around the in­shore reefs ac­cord­ing to Andy.

Andy’s top tip to chase a good size tuna is use lit­tle plugs be­cause those fish feed on white­bait.

To at­tract those nice fight­ing queen­fish poke around the mouth of the rivers and use sur­face lures, fizzers and pop­pers.

There are neap tides this Satur­day, mean­ing there won’t be a lot of run, so it’s per­fect for lure fish­er­man who en­joy ac- cu­rate cast­ing and plac­ing lures where the fish will bite.

“With the neap tides, up the creeks will be good fish­ing,” Andy said.

“If you’re chas­ing the barra you’ll have to wake them up by plac­ing lures in their face that have a bit of a rat­tle.

“Retrieve the lure a bit slower and twitch it with a pause due to the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture be­ing down and the barra be­ing a touch slower.

Andy also men­tioned to be a bit more pa­tient and put more casts in the one spot than what you would nor­mally do.

The Dain­tree is pro­duc­ing bar­ra­mundi how­ever they aren’t as big as some hoped.

If you ven­ture up the creeks in the Dain­tree you can try your luck at a few jungle perch that are get­ting about in the fresh wa­ter.

If you’re keen on chang­ing it up, head to small fresh­wa­ter bod­ies in the Tablelands and chase the fun, fight­ing sooty grun­ters, also known as black bream. Sootys tend to hang in slow run­ning wa­ter where it gets a bit deep.

It’s more fun on light line with a small lure or a piece of cheese on a small hook.

* Author’s note,: Sootys fight well. We caught nine near Ma­landa on the week­end.

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