Winds are down this week­end

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

IT’S very good news for fishos who want some reef action this week­end – winds should drop to 10 knots and un­der.

We can only hope it stays that way.

“We are fi­nally look­ing at some good weather”, said Matt from Brans­ford’s Tackle at Clifton Beach.

“From to­day un­til Sun­day it should flat­ten out for the smaller boats.

“Ev­ery­one will want to head out to the reef of course, so ex­pect all the boat ramps to be busy and make sure you get in early,” he said.

Fish­er­men fi­nally have a chance to have a crack at the mack­erel as they have been school­ing up around in­shore reefs.

Matt said mack­erel will be the num­ber one tar­get this week­end and trolling works best (see Tip).

“The bombies and the reef edges haven’t been fished hard for a while so I dare say there’d be plenty of trout out there as well,” he said.

“Fish­eries will most likely be out in force so it should be in peo­ple’s in­ter­est to touch up on the bag lim­its, size lim­its and where you can and can’t fish.

“The joys of the cooler months is you don’t have to ven­ture too far, you get nice cool wa­ter in close and a lot of mack­erel will be hang­ing around in­side the reef.

“We’re com­ing up to the full moon, which is Tues­day next week – that lead up to the full moon is al­ways bet­ter fish­ing be­cause your tides are get­ting big­ger in the lead up.

“It works out per­fectly for fish­ing this week­end,” he said.

Some peo­ple who went up the fresh­wa­ter creeks chas­ing sooty and jun­gle perch got a very nice sur­prise when they landed a GT up to 40 to 50 lbs.

“It’s not very com­mon but it does hap­pen, nor­mally in win­ter,” Matt said

“They’re not the great­est eat­ing fish but they’re an awe­some sport fish, we call them tackle testers.”

There have been con­sis­tent re­ports of fish­er­men land­ing fin­ger­mark, trevally and the odd barra in the Dain­tree.

The Cairns In­let has also pro­duced some de­cent bar­ra­mundi in the last month

Net free fish­ing played a big part in the rise of stock num­bers in the Cairns in­let, which evens out the play­ing field.

Re­mem­ber to have your flares and EPIRBS when you’re ven­tur­ing more than two miles off­shore.

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