Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

WE ARE def­i­nitely into our hottest and dri­est part of the year and the ex­perts be­lieve this will con­tinue into the coming weeks, even into the New Year.

We are also see­ing those east to north east­erly winds dom­i­nate the weather pat­tern which is the norm for this time of year.

Look­ing ahead the weather looks great to get out on the water.

The fish­ing re­ports in the past week have been strong in all de­part­ments.

The game fish­ing fleet are still see­ing solid re­turns on their mar­lin ef­forts with some big fish be­ing tagged and re­leased on Lin­den Bank and Opal Ridge. There are also tuna ag­gre­ga­tions fur­ther out from the shelf with a lot of yel­lowfin rang­ing be­tween the 20-25kg mark.

The reef fish­ing has plugged away nicely with good re­turns of co­ral trout coming back into the docks.

Other species have in­cluded gold spot trevally, cod, smat­ter­ings of large mouth nan­ny­gai and stripeys.

Skip­per Steve aboard Dragon Lady said the con­di­tions have been great and the fish have been mostly ac­tive pro­vid­ing enough en­ter­tain­ment for the pun­ters.

Closer to home and only sev­eral miles from the coast there have been handy re­ports of big large mouth nan­ny­gai on the in­shore patches along with the gold spot cod and treval­lies.

In the rivers and creeks ac­cord­ing to Jamie Beitzel up on the Dain­tree River, there have been plenty of re­spectable catches of man­grove jack and fin­ger­mark along with ac­ci­den­tal catches of barra which have been re­leased dur­ing the clo­sure.

There’s plenty of other ac­tion as well along the river with queen­fish, trevally and tar­pon all par­tial to slam­ming metal slices cast and re­trieved in among the school.

Along the beaches ac­cord­ing to ’Sharky’ Shane Down there have been a few nice blue salmon landed as well as a va­ri­ety of sharks and the shovel nose ray.

Sharky says it is a per­fect time of year for a late af­ter­noon fish with a coldie in your hand along one of our many glo­ri­ous beaches in the Far North.

Catch­ing a fish is a bonus.

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