Crab­bing – like a pot of gold

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

IT’LL be a bit wet and windy on the wa­ter for most of this weekend .

Sun­day is look­ing to abate a lit­tle and early in the week should be okay, ac­cord­ing to Matt from Brans­ford’s Tackle at Clifton Beach.

“The winds are still go­ing to be up a lit­tle, it’s the typ­i­cal story we’ve had in the last cou­ple of months,” Matt said.

“The good news is we’re com­ing into the neap tide over the weekend which is very favourable for the lure fish­er­man.

“It cre­ates a clearer, slower mov­ing wa­ter and gives fish­er­men the op­por­tu­nity to present their lure more ac­cu­rately.

“Per­son­ally I love them com­pared to the big tides where you miss out on the eas­ier pre­sen­ta­tion of bait and lures”

Neap tides make reef fish­ing harder.

With the winds per­sis­tently up peo­ple have been try­ing their hand at crab­bing (see Tip be­low).

“We’ve sold a lot of crab­bing gear and crab bait,” Matt said.

“Dur­ing the last week we’ve seen a lot of good cap­tures of mud crabs con­sid­er­ing it’s a hit and miss sort of fish­ery.

“With the winds up and peo­ple not be­ing able to do their nor­mal reef fish­ing a lot of peo­ple have been do­ing stuff like that and there are some mon­ster crabs out there.”

The Dain­tree River is pro­duc­ing some nice trevally and queen­fish, a fan­tas­tic sport fish.

“There’s a lot of them in the river sys­tems at the mo­ment, this is pretty com­mon in the win­ter months,” Matt said.

“They come up to breed and some weigh in at around 50 pounds.

“Some of the lo­cal guides have been get­ting into them and they’ve bro­ken a lot of rods and lost a lot of lures.”

The bar­ra­mundi have gone quiet, with only a few re­ports of catches re­cently.

Matt had some wise words for those who don’t catch a whole lot.

“Fish to the tides, don’t just go out when­ever you have time,” he said.

“As soon as you start get­ting a cur­rent and the tide moves a bit faster, that is a good time where fish are on the bite.”

Char­ter boats have seen a few hump­back whales while they mi­grate off the coast. Matt said al­though they’re a fan­tas­tic sight they scare off the reef fish.

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