fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE weather set­tled very quickly af­ter that big blow we re­ceived for over a week and we have been blessed with idyl­lic con­di­tions again.

It wasn’t too long into this fine weather spell that the fish­ing re­ports slammed into gear.

On the reef a va­ri­ety of species came back on the chew in­clud­ing many of the prized species such as large mouth nan­ny­gai, chunky co­ral trout, span­gled em­peror, reef man­grove jack and qual­ity Span­ish mack­erel caught on the float.

Ac­cord­ing to Steve Adam­son on the Dragon Lady char­ter the only down­side was that the sharks were a bit fe­ro­cious at times, but be­sides that the weather and the fish­ing has been very much on the pos­i­tive side.

He also re­minds us all that we have a reef clo­sure start­ing this Fri­day run­ning through to day’s end on Tues­day whereby reef fin species can­not be caught or tar­geted.

The ex­perts have pre­dicted that the days lead­ing into this new moon is when the fish will be spawn­ing.

The op­tions dur­ing this pe­riod are game fish­ing for pelagic species or take a trip up the lo­cal creeks and rivers.

On the topic of game fish­ing there is still ac­tiv­ity on the small black marlin on the wide grounds around Pixie Reef along with some north­ern bluefin tuna and Span­ish mack­erel in tow.

The other news is that quite a few big­ger marlin are be­ing reg­is­tered on the heavy tackle grounds of Opal Ridge and Lin­den Bank.

The last week’s rough con­di­tions have been sug­gested as to the rea­son why the big black marlin have re­ally kicked into gear. Sizes of these fish have been mostly be­tween

the 300lb - 800lb this week.

It is sug­gested that the winds will strengthen again to­mor­row, maybe not to the ex­tent of last week but it will re­strict smaller craft off­shore. Check your updated fore­casts.

The Line Burner TV Se­ries DVD is now avail­able at Coles Port Dou­glas or on line at­ing­port­dou­ au.

MON­STER MARLIN: a black marlin

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