Fish­ing to perk up af­ter rain

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

THE wet sea­son has flushed out creeks to breath a bit of life into the lo­cal sys­tems.

An­drew from Brans­fords Tackle in Clifton Beach said things will perk up now since the rain has stopped.

“Peo­ple have been catch­ing man­grove jacks up the creeks,” he said.

“The creeks have had a good flush so you’ll find the bite to be a bit slow at the mo­ment.

“But it’ll only get bet­ter from now since it’s been sunny.”

An­drew said it’s not too bad for crab­bing and con­di­tions will only get bet­ter once the full moon comes around.

Con­di­tions for the reef are pre­dicted to be a bit choppy, es­pe­cially for smaller ves­sels.

It’s pre­dicted to blow up to 20 knots on Satur­day and come down to 15 to 20 knots on Sun­day.

So An­drew sug­gests fish­ing out front.

“I’d go for grunter out the front along the beaches and head­lands,” he said.

“Salmon would also be on my radar too.

“It’s re­ally neap tides this week­end, there’s only a change of about 80cm so there’s not much run at all.

“Neap tides make it much eas­ier for beach fish­ing.

“Salmon and grunter hang around more on the neap tides com­pared to barra and jack who love the run.”

Man­grove jack have been a pop­u­lar catch this sum­mer.

The best time to hook a firey jack this week­end is just be­fore or af­ter the tide change.

“Try and cast dur­ing that lit­tle bit of run be­fore it slows down,” An­drew said.

An­drew said fishos who have had a chance to get to the reef have been kept busy.

“Trout, reds and sweet­lips are be­ing caught out on the reef,” he said.

“Mack­erel and GT about too.

“Sail­fish will be hap­pen­ing from now un­til march.

“They’re a good nov­elty size sport­fish on light tackle and you chase them the same you would mar­lin.”

Barra sea­son doesn't re­open un­til Fe­bru­ary 1 but Brans­fords are al­ready pre­par­ing.

“Barra see lures dif­fer­ently to what we do,” An­drew said.

“They see it in a UV spec­trum so we have UV plas­tics and lures in stock and a back­light in store so you can see how the barra sees your lure.

“It’s very in­ter­est­ing.” are

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