Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

ONE could say it’s been a bit like Ground Hog Day in re­cent times with very lit­tle chang­ing in the weather de­part­ment. Sear­ing hot days, calm seas and a splash of rain here and there has been played out day af­ter day. Look­ing at the forecast I can’t see much chang­ing ei­ther with maybe only a shift of the wind.

The river and creek con­di­tions have im­proved slightly with a bit more live bait read­ily avail­able in the form of hardy heads and smaller sar­dines. Chris­tian Webb of Trin­ity Sport­fish­ing says the fish­ing hasn’t been too bad at all and had a run of four days in a row where the barra were bit­ing well de­spite it be­ing smack bang in the mid­dle of neap tides. He said it was sur­pris­ing to see them bite in this fash­ion with no water move­ment on of­fer but was very pleased they did. Be­sides the barra there’s been bet­ter ac­tion on a va­ri­ety of other species in­clud­ing queen fish, ju­ve­nile GT’s, estuary cod, fin­ger­mark, man­grove jack and tar­pon. Chris­tian says that it seems the fish are just wait­ing for just that bit more rain and then things will lift a gear. All in all though the fish­ing has been bet­ter and should con­tinue to im­prove with a bit more rain ex­pected. On the reef, con­di­tions have been very calm in­deed but it hasn’t equated into large quan­ti­ties of fish. In­stead it’s been a va­ri­ety of fish with no stand out num­bers of one species caught. Steve of Dragon Lady Char­ters said it’s a mat­ter of a lot of leg work chang­ing lo­ca­tions to ac­quire a day’s catch. He men­tioned that they have had a bit of trou­ble with sharks at the places where he was hop­ing to find a de­cent bite which hasn’t helped the cause. De­spite this there’s been a mix­ture of fish, so if you like a bit of va­ri­ety in your freezer you’ll get this at the moment. Fish have in­cluded co­ral trout, bar cheek trout, large mouth nan­ny­gai, gold spot trevally, sweet­lip, span­gled em­peror, co­bia, stripeys and cod. He says the water tem­per­a­ture is still very high and your best chances are fish­ing as deep as pos­si­ble and that hopefully the sharks aren’t present.

Once again the weather shouldn’t pre­vent any trips from hap­pen­ing.

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