Too much wind, go the Wharf

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

CON­DI­TIONS are much the same as pre­vi­ous weeks.

Ac­cord­ing to SeaBreeze week­end winds will reach be­tween 15 and 25 knots.

Ju­lian from Nau­ti­cal Marine Sales in Port Dou­glas said des­per­ate fishos have braved the rough sea.

“For those who have gone out, they’ve been get­ting into the large mouth nan­ny­gai, red em­peror and a bit of co­ral trout,” he said.

“Peo­ple have been do­ing a bit of drift fish­ing in these windy con­di­tions.

“It can be hard to an­chor some­times in the big swells and chops, peo­ple just fish as they drift over the pad­docks on rub­bly ground.”

While the winds have kept the reef fish­ing to a min­i­mum, peo­ple fish­ing off the Su­gar Wharf have been catch­ing the usual win­ter species.

“We’ve been see­ing peo­ple catch grunter, bream, trevally and whit­ing with our rod hire gear,” he said.

“Char­ters and peo­ple fish­ing off the pon­toon have run into the oc­ca­sional man­grove jack and fin­ger mark which is al­ways good news.”

He said the Su­gar Wharf has pro­duced a good amount of fish de­spite it be­ing one of the ar­eas that cop a few lines.

Smaller boats should look to head­ing up the rivers, in the up­per reaches in the fresh.

“There’s still a few bar­ra­mundi and jack kick­ing about in the fresh, peo­ple have been get­ting them but they just have to work for them.”

Ju­lian said most of his fish­ing at the mo­ment has been for jun­gle perch in the rain­for­est and streams.

The rain doesn’t mean bad news for the creeks ac­cord­ing to Ju­lian.

“The perch and stuff like that would’ve been thriv­ing as the creeks got topped up,” he said.

“The creeks were get­ting a bit low and it’s good for that rain to have sparked them up, just enough to keep them go­ing.

“The rain should be good, es­pe­cially this time of year, in the win­ter, it mixes it up a bit and fires the fish up.”

Ju­lian said he’s been tempted to brave the “lumpy con­di­tions” for a shoot out to Tongue Reef as his se­mes­ter break draws to a close.

“I wouldn’t rec­om­mend it though, it won’t be the best.

“I’ll see if I can get a few trout but the con­di­tions aren’t very favourable.”

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