Finger­mark a pop­u­lar catch

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

KEEP an eye on the winds this week­end if you’re itch­ing for a fish out on the reef to chase those Spa­niards and GT.

Ac­cord­ing to on­line fore­casts, winds should stay be­low 15 knots with it drop­ping to 10 knots on Mon­day and even lower or Tuesday.

Boats could be stick­ing to their in­shore fish­ing ac­cord­ing to Matt from Brans­fords Tackle at Clifton Beach.

“With the wind and the swell up peo­ple will most likely stay in­shore at this stage,” Matt said.

“As the week­end gets closer the tides are get­ting big­ger as we’ve just come off the neap tides and there will be a fair bit more run, which will suit the bait fish­er­men.

“The neap tides pro­duced a few good fish, it’s just more work to hook them but with these big­ger tides they should be hun­gry.

“There is a cou­ple of me­tres worth of run there so the wa­ter will be stirred up and there should be more bait ac­tiv­ity,” he said.

The river mouths should fish well with a few queen­fish and trevally get­ting around dur­ing these big­ger tides.

Matt said with the warmer wa­ters the barra and jacks have been get­ting more com­mon to catch.

“There’s also been a ton of fin­ger mark be­ing caught lately, they’re al­ways fun to catch,” he said.

“They Dain­tree has pro­duced some fan­tas­tic finger­mark around out the front near the is­lands and near the deep holes with live bait.

“Most fish­er­men will try catch them on lures but they’ll take bait just as eas­ily; they’re the ‘any­thing fish’, they will eat what­ever you put in front of them.”

To chase the finger­mark, use a nice live bait off the bot­tom as they are bot­tom feed­ers, with bar­ra­mundi on the other hand, use a float near snags or drop offs.

“Some of the fish peo­ple have caught off Palm Cove jetty has been un­real. One bloke caught a barra which mea­sured in over a me­tre long”.

Ev­ery fish­er­man can say they’ve lost that one big barra, so the asked Matt how to keep them on the line.

“It’s potluck some­times, with the neap tide they might not bite a lure as hard,” he said.

Matt said nice big prawns are also get­ting around and they make the per­fect live bait.

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