Per­fect weather ahead

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

IT will be “one of the best weekends we’ve had in a while”, said Matt at Brans­fords Tackle in Clifton Beach.

Reef fish­ing looks very promis­ing this week­end with winds ex­pected to reach up to 5 knots.

“You’d be mad not to head out to the reef this week­end, take ad­van­tage of it while it’s here,” Matt said.

“Any day this week­end will be nice, the winds should stay like this un­til Mon­day.

“From the looks of it there’s a lot of chang­ing in the wind di­rec­tion, it gives it a wash­ing ma­chine ef­fect out there with the waves.

“But it shouldn’t be a prob­lem be­cause it’s so calm out there.”

The tides should be timed nicely for boat­ies to use their time wisely while out there.

Vis­i­bil­ity should be at its best dur­ing the morn­ing and lunch time Satur­day, per­fect for snorkelling and spear­ing.

“It’s good some­times to just cruise around the reef to look at it, we love this time of year, we get to ac­tu­ally ap­pre­ci­ate why we live here,” Matt said.

“Fri­day on­wards the tides are get­ting bet­ter. We got some neap tides and slack wa­ter at the mo­ment and Satur­day, Sun­day the tides will get big­ger — more run, more fun.

“I’ll be out there this week­end. We’ll head out Fri­day night and try to chase some reds, nan­nys and the bot­tom fish and Satur­day we’ll go out wide and chase some mar­lin.”

Fish should be on the bite dur­ing the af­ter­noon as there will be more move­ment and ac­tion in the wa­ter.

“The Dain­tree is still pro­duc­ing plenty of barra,” he said.

“River fish­er­men will en­joy the nice slack tides and it’ll start to build later in the af­ter­noon, that would be my favourite time to go lure fish­ing. “I’d be us­ing a shal­low div­ing float­ing lures – it’ll be eas­ier to fish the snags and drop offs.”

Batt Reef fished well af­ter last week’s co­ral reef fin fish clo­sure, peo­ple re­port­ing a good amount of trout.

Matt said it’s com­mon for fish to be on the bite af­ter their breed­ing cy­cle and the most pop­u­lar catches have been mack­erel and co­ral trout, with some nan­nys and reds get­ting about too.

Mean­while, it was an­nounced yes­ter­day that as of next year fish­eries of­fi­cers will wear body cam­eras to record public in­ter­ac­tions.

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