Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

AF­TER a big im­prove­ment in the fish­ing scene last week, pro­ceed­ings have tended to slow down once again in re­cent times.

The rains have been very mod­er­ate and we find our­selves ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some rather warm day time tem­per­a­tures mak­ing it hot un­der the col­lar.

Prob­a­bly the most mer­i­to­ri­ous report to fea­ture this week came from Sal­taire Char­ters where they re­port­edly had a cracker day fish­ing a bit fur­ther north on some lo­cal reefs chas­ing gi­ant trevally.

With an ex­pert lure maker from West­ern Aus­tralia and the ed­i­tor of the on board they mus­tered up 16 brutes for the day rang­ing up to 20kg and lost and saw prob­a­bly dou­ble this amount.

Skip­per Damian Col­lete said they saw plenty of fish but they weren’t quite 100 per cent ag­gres­sive with a lot of the fish just tail slap­ping the lure pre­sen­ta­tions on the sur­face.

Damian did men­tion how­ever to catch that num­ber of big fish in a day at this time of year any­body would be pleased with that re­sult.

He also said that also he’s never seen so many pilchards push­ing up on to the reefs and thus the rea­son for plenty of preda­tors lurk­ing around.

Other than the gi­ant trevally there were masses of mack tuna work­ing the deeper wa­ters and they also picked up quite a few Span­ish and scaly mack­erel while trolling. Damian says the cur­rent con­di­tions are very dif­fer­ent for this time of year and can’t re­mem­ber a wet sea­son or lack of wet sea­son like it.

The water tem­per­a­ture ac­cord­ing to his sounder was bor­der­ing on 30 de­grees cel­cius which is very warm. At least the boat­ing con­di­tions have been very com­fort­able de­spite the soar­ing heat. In­ter­est­ingly Damian said de­spite it be­ing a week­end with really nice con­di­tions he was sur­prised at the lack of boats on the water. Maybe the lo­cals are find­ing it a tad too warm to even go fish­ing.

So it seems that the grounds be­tween the coast­line to the in­ner edges of the outer reef are hold­ing a con­cen­tra­tion of bait and that a bit of a blue water ex­cur­sion look­ing for pe­lag­ics might be the way to go at the moment. The weather forecast looks rather sta­ble in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture and favourable for such an ad­ven­ture.

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