Too much wind, go the Wharf
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.”