Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE ex­tended run of calm days on the water looks like coming to a halt as fresh­en­ing winds from the south and the pass­ing of the mon­soonal trough ex­pected to de­liver some rain will trans­form the aquatic land­scape.

Once the rain passes the strength­en­ing winds are ex­pected to linger on for quite a few days which may rule out any plans to head off­shore for many.

It’s been a fan­tas­tic stretch of boat­ing weather for a very long time but now we might ex­pe­ri­ence a dose of proper wet sea­son weather.

To date how­ever the reef fish­ing has seen a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment with some very im­pres­sive catches re­turn to the docks in the past week.

Sal­taire Char­ters have brought home some horse-sized large mouth nan­ny­gai up to 10kg in be­tween mus­ter­ing up many gi­ant trevally up to 20kg over a few days of char­ter work.

Af­ter hav­ing their arms ex­tended by the Gt’s, skip­per Damian Co­lette has opted for a spot of reef fish­ing at times to of­fer a bit of re­prieve and re­cu­per­a­tion for the clients.

How­ever this hasn’t gone to plan as the mon­ster large mouth that they have caught have been stonkers only adding fur­ther hurt to their cus­tomers.

Damian said that no one was com­plain­ing but rather they had gri­maces of joy­ful pain by day’s end which tells you that you’ve done your job as a skip­per.

He men­tioned that the weather re­mained mostly fine but if there was any wind from the south it clashed with the cur­rent rag­ing from the north which cre­ated a con­fused and slightly un­com­fort­able sea.

Dragon Lady skip­per Steve Adam­son said there were quite a few more large mouth nan­ny­gai on the bite with the av­er­age size around the 50-55cm mark which make for the per­fect plate sized fish.

He said there was the odd big­ger model around at times but for the most it was the 3-4kg range that they had pre­dom­i­nantly caught.

The co­ral trout were up and about for a nice change with most of th­ese around the 40-50cm range along with a range of other species in­clud­ing some hand­some reef man­grove jack to 6kg, gold spot trevally and sweet­lip.

Steve said the days seem to go a bit quicker when there are a few fish around and you don’t have keep mov­ing hop­ing the next stop might pro­duce some fish.

It’s been a good week com­pared to what we have had over the last sev­eral weeks.

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