Time to tar­get the coral trout

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

FISHOS are hop­ing for a cracker of a week­end.

Winds are pre­dicted to be no more than 10 knots.

Dy­lan at Nau­ti­cal Ma­rine Sales in Port Dou­glas said although there was clo­sures last week­end, the wa­ter was still full of ac­tion.

“I man­aged to get out and get a cou­ple of mack­erel,” he said.

“There were plenty of GT get­ting about too on those big­ger tides near Port Dou­glas.

“This week­end should be an­other nice week­end, though the tides are slow­ing down as they move to­wards the much smaller run.”

If you’re chas­ing mack­erel, Dy­lan sug­gests us­ing a range of lures and set ups while trolling.

“The rigged garfish with a wog­head are gen­er­ally the way to go but they bite on hard bod­ies as well,” he said.

“Use a good mix­ture of things to troll with at once.

“Some of those lures are quite loud so that could get the fish’s at­ten­tion.”

Dy­lan said hook­ing mack­erel in the same spot with that method is a pos­si­bil­ity.

The Coral Reef Fin Fish clo­sure which took place last week­end al­lowed for most species to catch a break and breed dur­ing the new moon.

Dy­lan said after a clo­sure is nor­mally a good time to chase reef species.

“It should be a good week­end for reef fish­ing,” he said.

“They’ve had that time off so it can be good to tar­get reef species after their break.”

Coral trout will be a tar­get species this week­end and Dy­lan said flick­ing lures for them will keep things in­ter­est­ing.

“On the reef flats I like us­ing mid-range to smaller sink­ing stick­baits – I rec­om­mend Nomad Mad­scads.”

River mouths will soon at­tract pelag­ics as the wa­ter starts to clear up, ac­cord­ing to Dy­lan.

“It’s a good time to be chas­ing the pelag­ics in the river mouths,” he said.

“GTs and large queen­fish will start to come through around Cairns and up to­wards the Dain­tree.

“They gen­er­ally as­so­ciate with that clear wa­ter in the rivers which could be around the end of the week.”

Jacks are get­ting caught in good num­bers in lo­cal wa­ter­ways and barra have been a bit elu­sive but are still get­ting hooked.

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