Stick to the rivers this week

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

REEF fish­ing doesn’t look so good this week­end com­pared to the amaz­ing fore­cast last week­end.

“They can’t give us two nice week­ends in a row,” said Matt from Brans­fords Tackle at Clifton Beach.

“We had the full moon on Tues­day and there will be slack tides and strong winds so it’s not look­ing fan­tas­tic for the reef fish­er­men.

“Satur­day is the start of the neap tides so up un­til Mon­day ex­pect to see a slacker tide run which will be per­fect for flick­ing lures,” Matt said.

“You have a steady run so it’ll be fan­tas­tic lure fish­ing in the rivers and es­tu­ar­ies, es­pe­cially the Dain­tree”.

The slow tide run al­lows for a much eas­ier pre­sen­ta­tion of the lure.

The Dain­tree should pro­duce some nice queen­fish, trevally, barra, jack and there have been re­ports of mack­erel and snap­per out the front.

“We can give the reef a lit­tle break and do a bit of sport fish­ing be­cause as they say ‘big tides, big fish’,” Matt said.

“It should be nice up the rivers, you won’t have a lot of run so the wa­ter should be pretty clean and clear.

“I’d head from the ferry to the mouth.

“There’s gen­er­ally more move­ment there.”

The weather was favourable for most boats to have a crack, with a lot of small tin­nies get­ting about to chase mack­erel, trout, red emperor and even lit­tle marlin.

It’s safe to say the ma­jor­ity had a great time and used the weather to their ad­van­tage.

Fishos bragged on so­cial me­dia with their boat decks and es­kies full of fish.

“I’m sure af­ter that week­end ev­ery­one’s freez­ers would be chock­ers,” Matt said.

“A few peo­ple I heard bagged their limit of span­ish and grey mack­erel.”

Some peo­ple us­ing their barra gear were catch­ing the small marlin, around 10lb up to 30lb, by ei­ther trolling with a lure or a garfish. “It’s the joys of those lit­tle fish, you don’t need fancy gear to catch them so it gives ev­ery­one a chance.

“We spent a bit of time with peo­ple who came into the shop and needed help, we showed them how to rig up and it was great to hear of some good re­sults,” Matt said.

There was a bit of a shark prob­lem over the week­end – the photo on the right proves that. FOR lure fish­ing, try not to rig big. Make a lighter set up with smaller lures for neap tides. The fish won’t be ag­gres­sive to chase a big lure, so a smaller one should pro­duce re­sults. It’s al­ways good to have a range of lures on hand. If two peo­ple are fish­ing, start with op­po­site colours and see which gets the most hits. Gen­er­ally for morn­ings and af­ter­noons darker colours suit best. Metal­lic and re­flec­tive lures work well dur­ing mid­day where the sun re­flects the lure. A mighty Mur­ray cod mea­sur­ing about 80cm is my best ever catch.

I caught it in the Bro­ken River in Shep­par­ton, Victoria where I’m on hol­i­day from.

We were fish­ing off the bank and all of a sud­den I felt my line pull hard. It put up a fan­tas­tic fight. I love fish­ing, it’s more than a hobby. It’s funny though be­cause I’m ac­tu­ally al­ler­gic to fish so I don’t keep them.

It’s all about catch­ing fish for me, I nor­mally do river fish­ing, fish­ing in the sea is new to me.

Both seem pretty sim­i­lar so far in that you can’t see the bot­tom but I think I came to the wharf at the wrong time. We’ve only caught a crab so far. In rivers we can do a bit of ev­ery­thing, we can use bait or lures and even trawl.

We nor­mally tar­get yel­low­belly also known as golden perch and in the lakes we chase redfin.

You can’t throw redfin back, you have to keep them be­cause they’re an in­tro­duced species.

The big­gest one I’ve caught is 42cm but I’ve seen big­ger ones around.

The best thing about them is they’re a fun fight and they’re school fish, so once you catch one you know for sure you’ll catch a bunch.

Dawn or dusk is the prime time to go fish­ing, that’s when the fish are on the bite.

At the mo­ment we’ve been fo­cus­ing on sur­face lures to at­tract the Mur­ray cod.

TOP: Richard from Lon­don with most of a GT – the sharks are pretty ac­tive at the mo­ment! Caught with Dave’s Dain­tree Fish­ing Char­ters. BOT­TOM: A de­cent co­ral trout caught on a nice day with Billy Han­son’s Out­ra­geous Fish­ing Ad­ven­tures.

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