Get your barra fix now

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

FISHOS are look­ing for­ward to this week­end.

Con­di­tions look promis­ing, with winds pre­dicted to be no more than 10 knots.

Dy­lan from Nau­ti­cal Ma­rine Sales in Port Dou­glas said there will be plenty to do on the wa­ter.

“It looks like the rest of the week will be good,” he said.

“The tides are pick­ing up again so that will bring on some ac­tion for sure.”

Dy­lan said he just hopes the de­cent weather holds out.

There are only two weeks to go be­fore barra sea­son closes for the year, to re­open Fe­bru­ary next year.

Dy­lan said now is the time to get your barra fix.

“They should be around in pretty rea­son­able num­bers,” he said.

“They will be tar­geted pretty heav­ily in the next two weeks.

“That lit­tle bit of rain should be enough to ag­gre­gate the mul­let which breed this time of year.”

The re­cent rain will bring on a lot of ac­tion in the lo­cal wa­ter­ways ac­cord­ing to Dy­lan.

“The rain usu­ally gives the rivers a breath of life and the first rain of the year will bring on the prawns,” he said.

“I’m not sure if this rain would be enough for prawns but I’d say the next big wet we get will kick­start the river sys­tems.”

Dy­lan said there wasn’t much to re­port on the last week­end as some fishos were scared off by the storms that rolled through.

He said those who did go out hooked into the usual reef species.

Dy­lan said he hooked up to about 15 gi­ant trevally on a re­cent trip – his se­cret is keep­ing an eye out for bait balls and cur­rent points.

“They’re fairly ac­tive and abun­dant,” he said.

“We were just fol­low­ing the bait schools around on the edge of the reefs or next to bombies.

“Big pop­pers and stick­baits are gen­er­ally the best ideas to tar­get both mack­erel and GT.”

Dy­lan said he got most of his catch in­shore.

“You need rea­son­able gear for this sort of fish­ing, the tech­nique is sim­ple though,” he said.

“Shi­mano size 8000 and above is what I would use and for light jig­ging you’d want 50lb braid or you can go much heav­ier if you’re tar­get­ing those gi­ants.”

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