Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

FIRSTLY, our thoughts are with the Bax­ter Fam­ily af­ter the pass­ing of Ernie Bax­ter, a true lo­cal le­gend within the sport­ing and fish­ing com­mu­nity. Ernie’s mate­ship and ca­ma­raderie will be greatly missed whether it be around the lo­cal foot­ball club, down at the lo­cal wa­ter­ing hole or out bush on one of his epic camp­ing and fish­ing ad­ven­ture.

Any­one who had the plea­sure of meet­ing Ernie will know that we have lost a true icon within our com­mu­nity. His fish­ing and camp­ing ad­ven­tures have been for many years part of com­mon folk­lore and we’ll all miss the op­por­tu­nity to head out bush with such a great leader of men.

The fish­ing in and around the re­gion has shown con­sid­er­able progress af­ter the mon­soonal trough. The big im­prover has been along our lo­cal rivers en­trances, beaches, head­land, coastal reefs and in­shore patches.

There has been a flurry of ac­tiv­ity in­clud­ing barra and blue salmon catches around river en­trances and along the beaches at the break through creeks. Also in tow has been a lot of mid­sized trevally and queen­fish of­fer­ing a lot of ac­tion on the water sur­face at th­ese lo­ca­tions. Small to medium pop­pers and live baits have been equally ef­fec­tive in snar­ing a few fish.

There has been a lot of fresh new bait which has in turn brought the fish out in good num­bers.

Fur­ther off­shore coastal in­ner reefs have been on fire with handy catches of bar cheek trout, gold spot cod and grassy sweet­lip of con­sid­er­able size. The grassy sweet­lip are ap­par­ently stonkers; they are good value and very un­der­rated as a ta­ble fish.

The ex­tra bait float­ing around the coast­line has also at­tracted some qual­ity grey and Span­ish mack­erel. The in­shore patches and wonky holes have also de­liv­ered some of the big­gest large mouth nan­ny­gai go­ing around along with plenty of solid gold spot spot cod. A cou­ple of good reds around the 9-10kg mark will feed the fam­ily for weeks, but th­ese lo­ca­tions are guarded by those in the know.

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