Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

WITH a lit­tle more mois­ture in the air one feels that maybe the wet sea­son proper may just be around the cor­ner.

For those fish­ing the lo­cal rivers and creeks more rain is best at the moment as there has not been suf­fi­cient to date to keep the fish­ing mo­men­tum hap­pen­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Dan Smith of Akoonah Angling we need an­other good dose of wet to kick start our sys­tems into over­drive.

He says there’s been a bit more bait around in­clud­ing hardy heads and sar­dines which has helped with his fish­ing ef­forts and he’s has been tap­ping into quite a few rat sized barra.

He did men­tion that a few of the lo­cals hav­ing been sourc­ing some big­ger models right up­stream in the up­per reaches us­ing big live mul­let as bait.

Dan said though there has been some ter­ri­bly quiet days on the water and the fish­ing re­mains gen­er­ally tough at the moment.

On the reef there’s been a mod­er­ate im­prove­ment with catch rates slightly on the in­crease.

Skip­per Steve of Dragon Lady Char­ters said it hasn’t been a mas­sive im­prove­ment but some is bet­ter than none.

He said if you com­pare our catch rates from this time to a month ago you can no­tice the dif­fer­ence.

We have had to work for our catch com­plet­ing many stops scratch­ing up a few fish at one spot be­fore hav­ing to move onto the next.

Th­ese fish have in­cluded large mouth nan­ny­gai, bar cheek trout, span­gled em­peror, baldy bream, slaty bream, stripeys, sweet­lip and a cou­ple of trevally species.

In­ter­est­ingly he said the lo­ca­tions he has fished had been void of any mack­erel ac­tiv­ity on the float as had been the case for some time.

With the short term forecast look­ing fine in the wind de­part­ment there should be fur­ther ac­tiv­ity on the blue water over the week­end.

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