Rain helps an­glers get hooked

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

BARRA sea­son is run­ning red hot, ac­cord­ing to Matt at Brans­fords Tackle in Clifton Beach.

This week’s down­pour will cause the rivers to be flushed out and Matt sug­gests cast­ing for barra at the mouth of the rivers.

“Any­where you get those colour changes, there should be good bait­fish and hope­fully the big preda­tors hang­ing around too,” he said.

“Dur­ing the week just gone there’s been some awe­some barra caught, as well as threadfin sal­mon.

“There’s still lots of prawns get­ting about too.

“Ev­ery­thing eats prawns, they make good bait.”

Matt sug­gests us­ing big­ger lures to tar­get larger fish (See Tip).

Matt said the coast­line and beaches are still pro­duc­ing some nice quee­nies and sal­mon.

The rain has pushed fish out to­wards the mouth and Matt said it could be flow­ing fairly quick.

“If you are want­ing to head up the Dain­tree for barra, look for those calm spots, like deep holes in the sys­tem, where the cur­rent isn’t run­ning as fast.

“I wouldn’t bother on the snags up the river, it would’ve all been flushed out

“There’s not many days where you get this rain and run-off type fish­ing. “En­joy it while you can.” Matt said these con­di­tions make fish­ing for larger fish eas­ier.

“The big fish gen­er­ally con­gre­gate in the same area with this weather, nor­mally they’re spread out through the river,” he said.

A trip to the reef could be off the cards, al­though it’s look­ing like the wind could calm down on Sun­day.

Sun­day is blow­ing up to 15 knots, and winds as strong as 30 knots have been recorded through­out the week.

Matt said plan­ing a last minute trip could be the way to go.

“Who knows what’ll hap­pen, it’s been chang­ing con­stantly,” he said.

“It’s not easy to pre­dict the con­di­tions this time of year.

“The week­end just gone was good, Satur­day didn’t get over 5 knots,” he said.

Small boats made it out and plenty of fish were caught.

Lots of coral trout were be­ing reeled in, which seemed to be a high­light, as well as some small Span­ish mack­erel.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.