fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

SO WHAT does de-amal­ga­ma­tion mean for the lo­cal fish­ing fra­ter­nity?

I guess first and fore­most it’ll give the re­gion back more op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote it­self as we see fit. We rely so heav­ily on the tourism dol­lar and it also in­cludes coming to the Far North for some awe­some angling ad­ven­ture which is a big lure for many of our vis­i­tors.

Hopefully we’ll see in the fu­ture an ef­fort by our newly elected coun­cil and from all our lo­cal tourism stake­hold­ers to put the re­gion back in the ma­jor spot­light na­tion­ally and abroad.

It’s a must visit lo­ca­tion for a hol­i­day for many rea­sons and our world class fish­ing is part of that pic­ture.

I can say in pro­duc­ing a na­tional TV se­ries last year aimed which was aimed en­tirely at pro­mot­ing our re­gion that we re­ceived ab­so­lute dough­nuts in re­gards to sup­port from the av­enues avail­able from the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil and that was overly dis­ap­point­ing - bull­crap in fact if I was to be hon­est. As a com­mu­nity we have got to be pro-ac­tive, cre­ative and really proud and loud in mov­ing for­ward.

On the fish­ing front, a bit of rain re­cently has given our river sys­tems a de­cent flush out.

It did mo­men­tar­ily make con­di­tions ex­tremely chal­leng­ing to fish but as we speak the water clar­ity is re­turn­ing nicely and the fish will be on the chew.

Chris­tian Webb of Trin­ity Sport­fish­ing says this rain has been much-needed to keep things tick­ing along to en­sure the wa­ters re­main pro­duc­tive over the coming weeks. He did men­tion there have been a few sur­prises of late in the dirty water in­clud­ing qual­ity flat­head, shovel nose ray and leop­ard ray mov­ing right into the lo­cal estuary.

The barra have been qui­eter but ex­pects they’ll im­prove with the water clar­ity ex­pected in the very short term fu­ture. On the reef it’s been a rags to riches style of week with some in­cred­i­ble catches fol­lowed up by some ab­so­lute rub­bish. Late last week Dragon Lady Char­ters bagged out on large mouth nan­ny­gai and var­i­ous other species hav­ing to come home early af­ter over fill­ing the freezer. Skip­per Steve said: ‘‘It was like we hit the mother lode and the fish kept coming aboard. Be­fore we knew it the an­glers had reached their quota of nan­ny­gai and we had to move on to tar­get other species.

‘‘It’s some­thing you don’t ex­pect at this time of year and was one of those days out of the blue.

While th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties present them­selves at this time of year you’ve got to grab it with both hands and get out amongst it.

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