Fishing with heff
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.