Fol­low the fresh for sooty

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

THE fore­cast is look­ing very un­pre­dictable this time of year.

Winds are set to blow up this week­end.

Dy­lan said with thun­der­storms around, head­ing out to the reef wouldn’t be the wis­est thing to do.

“It might seem flat and you get out there and sud­denly storms are ap­proach­ing,” he said.

“You get those scores of wind that come through and it’s not the funnest thing to be out in.

“I haven’t heard of many great catches out there at the mo­ment.”

Dy­lan said pok­ing around the rivers and creeks will be the best and safest op­tion this week­end.

“Go in the fresh and chase the jun­gle perch and sooty grunter,” he said.

“They tend to like those windy and stormy weathers.

“You’d get a lot of fish in the af­ter­noon in the fresh wa­ter sec­tions.

“Lures are the way to go, so you can cover a lot more ground.

“I’d use sur­face lures be­cause they feed on the sur­face when it’s rain­ing.”

By catch of bar­ra­mundi are be­ing caught and re­leased, Dy­lan said that’s a pos­i­tive sign for next sea­son.

Reg­u­lar river species such as man­grove jack and de­cent sized fin­ger­mark are get­ting hooked in the Dick­son In­let and the Dain­tree River.

“I heard a lot of re­ports of good ses­sions where peo­ple are get­ting 10 to 15 jacks a ses­sion,” Dy­lan said.

“They’re mostly get­ting caught in the after­noons, on sur­face lures and plas­tics.

“Use lightly weighted plas­tics and skip the lure into the snags, that’s the best way to get them.

“The smaller creeks in the Dain­tree are quite good for jacks.

“Fin­ger­mark can be found in the deep holes in the Dick­son In­let.”

Dy­lan said if the wa­ter is calm, the river mouths would be a good op­tion.

“Me and my Dad are catch­ing plenty of queen fish,” he said.

“There are a lot of pelag­ics com­ing around, they’re eat­ing big pop­pers and stick­baits.

“I haven’t got a big GT off the sand this year but I know they’re about.

“Don’t waste time fish­ing on the mouth when it’s su­per windy, it’s not the best.”

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