Bring a mate, the GTs are on

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

TODAY and early Fri­day will be the best times to head out for a quick flick on the reef. The winds will be around 12 to 17 knots, and it will blow up on Satur­day and Sun­day.

It will be a lit­tle rough but stick­ing to the in­shore reefs will give you plenty of op­por­tu­nity to nab a de­cent catch.

Le­gal sized Span­ish mack­erel, gi­ant trevally and coral trout are about in good num­bers ac­cord­ing to Billy Han­son from Out­ra­geous Fish­ing Ad­ven­tures.

“If you have a lit­tle boat just work on the lo­cal reefs out the front but if you have some­thing 5 me­tres or over you can head out fur­ther,” Billy said.

“There are some big GTs out there; one bloke we had needed a bit of help, so it was a two per­son job to reel in that mas­sive catch.

“The coral trout have been hit­ting on the bot­tom tide.

“A good method to catch­ing those mack­erel is us­ing live fusiliers out on a float, there’s also a good chance you could catch a GT as they’ve been com­ing off the bot­tom to feed.

Batt and Tongue reef have been pro­duc­ing well, but it has been a lit­tle slow as the fish have been a lit­tle flighty due to prawn trawler nets scar­ing them of a night. Finger­mark have been keep­ing an­glers busy in Dick­son In­let and bar­ra­mundi are at­tack­ing lures up in the Dain­tree River.

We are fast ap­proach­ing the Coral Reef Fin Fish Clo­sures for 2017.

The Coral Reef Fin Fish spawn­ing clo­sures are in place to pro­hibit the tak­ing of cods and groupers, coral trout, em­peror, fusiliers, par­rot­fishes, sur­geon­fishes, sweet­lips, trop­i­cal snap­pers and sea perches along with wrasses.

The clo­sures are Oc­to­ber 17-21 and Novem­ber 15-19, so plan your reef trips around those dates.

These clo­sures al­low reef fish to spawn undis­turbed and en­sure a healthy sus­tain­able pop­u­la­tion.

Some of these species can be caught in the es­tu­ar­ies and rivers, such as cod but they will still be pro­tected dur­ing those times.

All pelagic species are ex­empt from the clo­sure.

Around 40 boats are hang­ing around Fitzroy Is­land to par­tic­i­pate in the Tel­stra Cairns Blue­wa­ter Bill­fish Tour­na­ment, par­tic­i­pants use 10kg line to chase the lit­tle black mar­lin with the comp end­ing this Satur­day (26/8).

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