Prawns to kick­start the rivers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT | GET REEL - Gizelle Ghidella

THERE are a lot of se­crets fish­er­men like to keep tight lipped, es­pe­cially when it comes to bar­ra­mundi fish­ing.

Dy­lan at Nau­ti­cal Ma­rine Sales in Port Dou­glas was happy to share a few hints on how to bag a barra be­fore the sea­son close.

“The end of the sea­son, usu­ally around the full moon is great for barra,” he said.

“There are a mil­lion ways to catch them.

“It re­ally de­pends on the sit­u­a­tion you’re fish­ing.

“I like to go the af­ter­noon or nights and to catch those high tides and run-in tides around sun­set.

“I’ve al­ways done well this time of year with live bait at the river mouth.”

Dy­lan said big­ger fish, es­pe­cially in smaller sys­tems, tend to hang around the river mouths.

River sys­tems are kick­start­ing af­ter re­cent rain.

“We’ve had a run of jelly prawns which come along with the first rain,” Dy­lan said.

“When they run, fish like barra and tar­pon kick into ac­tion.

“Best way to tar­get fish who are feed­ing on jelly prawns is to flick along the beaches in the early morn­ings.

“You’ll see them in the wa­ter, in a red cloud flick­ing around.

“Don’t be afraid to cast small lures over there be­cause preda­tors like trevally and even manta ray will be around.

“If the weather’s calm they’ll be around.”

It’s pre­dicted to be an­other great week­end for reef fish­ing.

The big tides mean more ac­tion on the wa­ter.

Dy­lan said the mack­erel have gone a bit quiet but bot­tom species like trout are still hot on the chew.

“Mack­erel tend to dis­si­pate this time of year and the schools start to thin out but you can still catch them ev­ery­day of the year,” he said.

“We caught a few trout off the bot­tom and we found the fish were fairly ac­tive.

“Last week­end, a lot of peo­ple did okay but not ex­cep­tion­ally well.

“It’s good to have a plan be­fore you go out there to tar­get any­thing from coral trout to mar­lin es­sen­tially.

“Big mar­lin are get­ting around at the shelf and peo­ple are out there chas­ing yel­low fin tuna and wa­hoo too.”

Trolling at the shelf has proved to be ef­fec­tive ac­cord­ing to Dy­lan.

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