fishing with heff
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.