fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

STUN­NING con­di­tions re­turned to the re­gion mak­ing for ideal fish­ing and boat­ing con­di­tions.

There’s no bet­ter place to be wet­ting a line when the days are pic­ture post­card.

Nat­u­rally there was a lot of traf­fic head­ing out the Great Bar­rier Reef whether it be for a spot of reef fish­ing or game fish­ing with some handy re­ports on the re­turn.

At times the reef fish­ing fired beau­ti­fully with an ar­ray of species on the chew with large mouth nan­ny­gai, co­ral trout, reef man­grove jack, tea-leaf trevally, co­bia, sweet­lip, stripeys and Span­ish mack­erel all mak­ing an im­pact in the past week.

Over the week­end the best ac­tion oc­curred with the af­ter­noon change of the tide and ac­cord­ing to sources this when most catches were heav­ily recorded.

As the days went by the best bite then started on the early morn­ing change of the tides.

As the days get warmer from this point on it will pay to fish around th­ese tide changes.

On the game fish­ing scene pretty much the same tran­spired with the turn of the tide pro­duc­ing the goods.

Ac­cord­ing to MV Joe Joe Char­ters they caught and re­leased in quick suc­ces­sion a cou­ple of prime black mar­lin right on this but­ton. Fur­ther to this news there have been a cou­ple of 1000lb plus species tagged and re­leased at Lin­den Bank which is a fan­tas­tic sign the mar­lin grounds are ready to fire for the Novem­ber pe­riod.

The big black mar­lin are the key to a good sea­son and they at­tract the smaller ver­sions in their droves for the breed­ing process.

One will be ex­pect­ing some fired up ac­tion for the Port Dou­glas Mar­lin Chal­lenge be­tween the dates of Novem­ber 8-11.

On the light tackle side of things there have been good num­bers yel­lowfin tuna and Span­ish mack­erel on the shelf as well and keep­ing the reels tick­ing over on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Just a re­minder that the barra sea­son is now closed un­til the Fe­bru­ary 1.

All barra catches must be re­leased dur­ing this pe­riod as they too are in their breed­ing frame of mind.

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