Have a flick in the fresh rivers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - GET REEL - OUTLOOK Gizelle Ghidella

MOTHER na­ture has cre­ated the per­fect storm for fishos.

The re­cent rain­fall means fresh­wa­ter fish­ing has kicked into gear, ac­cord­ing to Ju­lian at Nau­ti­cal Marine Sales.

“Fresh wa­ter species have been go­ing pretty well,” he said.

“Things like jun­gle perch, tar­pon and man­grove jack are start­ing to fire up.

“I’d be fo­cus­ing on the fresh wa­ter ac­tion, jun­gle perch will be one to tar­get at the mo­ment.

“Once the flood­wa­ters flush out the prawns should start to come on at the beach fronts.”

Ju­lian said he’d be fish­ing in the river sys­tems this week­end.

“Af­ter a good flush out they fish re­ally well,” Ju­lian said.

“We’ve got a few jack in the Dain­tree last week­end.

“Give the large sys­tems a few days to clear out, smaller sys­tems like Salt­wa­ter Creek, Moss­man River and the Mow­bray will be good pro­vid­ing it doesn’t rain.”

The prawns flush out as they can’t tol­er­ate the fresh wa­ter, that means larger preda­tors will be feed­ing on the beaches and flats soon.

“Once it [the creeks] start to run a bit clearer you’ll start to see her­ring pushed along the beach­fronts,” he said.

“Then things like queen­fish and GT will come out on the flats and the beaches.

“Def­i­nitely worth cast­ing pop­pers or metal slugs.”

Reef fish­ing could be a risk this week­end.

Fishos will keep an eye out for Cy­clone Owen which is pre­dicted to make a re­turn from the Gulf to the east coast re­gion.

Storms and rough weather are also fore­cast for Fri­day and Satur­day.

Winds are ex­pected to blow up to 30 knots on Satur­day and to ease on Sun­day.

Boat­ies are urged to dou­ble check the weather con­di­tions be­fore head­ing out on the wa­ter.

Ju­lian said he wouldn’t stay too far from the coast­line.

“We might ven­ture out to the in­shore reefs, the close ar­eas where you can sit be­hind Snap­per Is­land or some sort of shelter if it gets a bit hairy,” he said.

“It’d be worth hav­ing a poke around.

“Af­ter the rain and with a bit of cloud cov­er­age the reef fish might come a lot more on the bite.”

In­shore reefs and wonky holes should pro­duce some de­cent fin­ger­mark and nan­ny­gai.

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