fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

SINCE last week’s ar­ti­cle the fish­ing re­ports have lit­er­ally de­te­ri­o­rated and this can be di­rectly at­trib­uted to the strong south easterly winds ab­so­lutely belt­ing up along the east coast. For the blue wa­ter bri­gade it has been a case of stay at home and ride out the storm un­til the winds set­tle.

There has been lit­tle choice but to ex­plore the myr­iad of rivers and creeks in the re­gion for some an­gling ac­tion. There’s been a new burst of new life in the lo­cal Dick­son In­let es­tu­ary with the hatch­ing of thou­sands of fry and the smaller to medium GT and queen­fish schools have been ha­rass­ing and feed­ing on this stock re­lent­lessly. In among this ac­tiv­ity on the sur­face there has been some big­ger preda­tors wait­ing un­der­neath and there’s been some handy man­grove jack, es­tu­ary cod and barra catches at var­i­ous times.

The ap­proach of the high tide is when the ac­tion has been quite vis­i­ble es­pe­cially around the lo­cal har­bour.

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal guide Chris­tian Webb of Trin­ity Sport­fish­ing and util­is­ing his pre­ferred hotspots he’s been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some luck mainly on grunter, the oc­ca­sional barra, the ma­raud­ing pop­u­la­tion of cat­fish which are thick at the mo­ment and the GT’s and queen­fish.

There’s been no records bro­ken from his point of view in the past week.

An in­ter­est­ing fact that many may not know is that a healthy pop­u­la­tion of barra in our sys­tems does keep the cat­fish num­bers in check as they love to feed on their ju­ve­niles. The statewide in­land pro­tected wa­ters of the North­ern Ter­ri­tory fish­ery against com­mer­cial net­ting lead the way in north­ern Aus­tralia keep­ing the barra num­bers healthy and they nat­u­rally com­bat this prob­lem which we of­ten find our­selves in on the east coast.

As a state we still al­low a lot of com­mer­cial net­ting to continue, most likely tip­ping the ap­ple cart against the barra and their nat­u­ral out­comes they can em­ploy.

As for the con­tro­ver­sial marlin weigh­ing last week, in­ter­est­ing read­ing on the many me­dia fo­rums and blogs. I’ll firm up my point of view of the event in next month’s

Line Burner mag­a­zine.

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