Weather bet­ter for week­end

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Gizelle Ghidella

GI­ANT trevally and Span­ish mack­erel will be the tar­get species this week­end.

Af­ter a run of bad, windy weather, the con­di­tions for the reef are look­ing very promis­ing at a pre­dicted 5 knots from Fri­day to Sun­day.

The coral reef fin fish clo­sure co­in­cides with this week­end on Fri­day to Wed­nes­day.

The clo­sure means coral trout, cod, em­peror, nan­ny­gai, sweet­lips and trop­i­cal snap­per (see tip) are off lim­its.

It makes way for the fish’s spawn­ing pe­riod dur­ing the new moon. The next coral reef fin fish clo­sure will run from Novem­ber 5 to 9.

Dy­lan at Nau­ti­cal Ma­rine Sales said not all hope is lost for de­cent fish­ing this week­end.

“We do have good tides and it’s calm weather so I would go out and chase mack­ies and GT,” he said.

“You can put a se­ri­ous fo­cus into one of those species.

“The big­ger tides this week­end tend to give you more de­fined pres­sure points, where there’s a lot of wa­ter rush­ing into a point of the reef or bombie and that’s gen­er­ally a good way to find bait and that’s where your big­ger preda­tors would hang around.”

Dy­lan said GT can be spot­ted or tar­geted by eye as you cruise along the wa­ter.

“You look for bait ac­tiv­ity along reef points and the bait is nor­mally con­trolled by the cur­rent lines and pres­sure points,” he said.

“The bait would be pushed there and they then sit there for pro­tec­tion.

“I sug­gest for peo­ple to watch your sounder, you will see those big­ger mack­erel on there.”

Cast stick baits, pop­pers and fo­cus your trolling in those baited pres­sure points in the cur­rent which can be seen by eye.

Dy­lan said the best time this week­end would be to­wards the peak of the tide or the fastest tide, so usu­ally the last two hours of the high or the low.

“Con­cen­trate your trolling in cer­tain ac­tive points and the tide di­rec­tion,” he said.

“That will in­crease your catch rate. Iso­lated smaller reefs like Satel­lite Reef and Pixie reef are re­ally good for big­ger mack­erel.”

Fish­ing in the creeks and rivers have im­proved due to the “sea­sonal switch” in wind and weather.

“It’s def­i­nitely a good time to fish for the jack and barra,” Dy­lan said. “The big tides are gen­er­ally pretty good, it’ll be a good week­end to fish in the snags and the smaller creeks.”

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