Mack­erel are hot on the bite

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

REEF fish­ing is look­ing promis­ing this week­end with winds pre­dicted to be un­der 10 knots. The new moon is to­day and tides are lin­ing up for a week­end of de­cent fish­ing.

Matt from Brans­fords said it’s wise to watch the winds, as they have been in­con­sis­tent in the past few days.

“Peo­ple with smaller boats should es­pe­cially keep an eye on the winds,” Matt said.

“You don’t want to get stuck out there if it does blow up.

“We have a lot of vari­able winds at the mo­ment – one minute it’ll be northerlys then southerlys and then west­erlys.

“It will cre­ate a bit of swell and a bit of chop, even if it’s pre­dicted to be light winds.”

Ac­cord­ing to Matt, mack­erel are hot on the bite and are the tar­get species of the week.

“The mack­erel will be hang­ing around the outer reefs,” he said.

“It’s much cooler and cleaner out there this time of year, so it’s worth go­ing the ex­tra dis­tance to find the nicer water.”

Matt said morn­ings and after­noons will work best to chase mack­erel and he rec­om­mends trolling and work­ing from the outer reefs back to shore.

“Trolling cov­ers more ground and it gives you a chance to find new spots.

“A lot of peo­ple fish the same spots but due to the cur­rent and other fac­tors it’s al­ways dif­fer­ent.

“Look for a cur­rent line and colour change, that’s where the fish should be feed­ing.”

Co­ral trout are still be­ing caught in good num­bers.

Matt said peo­ple have caught de­cent sized nan­ny­gai, co­bia and fin­ger­mark in the wonky holes.

“Wonky holes are a con­tin­u­a­tion from the river, they have un­der­wa­ter fresh springs which makes for great fish­ing,” he said. Those who are keen to land a barra will be pleased to hear the Dain­tree River is fish­ing quite well.

“The Dain­tree would be my num­ber one pick this week­end,” Matt said.

“We’ve had enough time for the rain to drop, that run off water would clear up.

“It’ll be fish­ing bet­ter, I know there’s plenty of good barra to get into up there.

“If you’re in­shore look for mov­ing water, it stirs fish to feed.

“Fo­cus on snag fish­ing, drift along and cast a few lures and soft plas­tics and work the tides.”

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