Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

THE past week has seen the re­gion re­ceive some handy rain­falls which will have ben­e­fits lead­ing into the Easter week­end with con­di­tions ex­pect­ing to im­prove.

The reef re­ports have been very quiet mainly due to the strong winds prevent­ing ves­sels from ven­tur­ing out wide, how­ever there is hope that this will change for the week­end al­low­ing boats of all sizes to hit the blue high­way.

The good sign is that the water tem­per­a­ture has dropped and as it con­tin­ues to do so the reef fish­ing will im­prove.

The rivers and creeks have re­ceived a bit of flush out mak­ing the fish­ing hard in the this past week but it should be ready to re-ig­nite as we speak as the water clar­ity re­turns.

The only real species to revel dur­ing the rain pe­ri­ods was the man­grove jack ac­cord­ing to a long term lo­cal an­gler who has spent a bit of time on the water in the pour­ing rain.

The good old smelly pilchard was the se­cret weapon in the murky con­di­tions.

Yet talk­ing with some of the lo­cal guides they be­lieve this last batch of rain will see a fair bit of ac­tiv­ity re­turn to the coastal wa­ters es­pe­cially down around the river and creek mouths and spread­ing down along the beaches.

Hot spots will in­clude Cooya and Wonga Beaches which really fired up af­ter the last bit of rain a few weeks ago.

With the like­li­hood of prawn and mul­let schools to be abun­dant this will at­tract quite a few other species such as barra, trevally, queen­fish and blue salmon.

You’d also ex­pect Snap­per Is­land to be quite pro­duc­tive with a cool­ing water tem­per­a­ture and there should be some mon­ster size queen­fish pa­trolling th­ese wa­ters and with pos­si­bly a few more Span­ish mack­erel as well.

I’m look­ing for­ward to a four-day trip up to Lock­hart River over Easter and they’ve re­ceived more sub­stan­tial rain up north, so hopefully th­ese wa­ters have cleared suf­fi­ciently.

No mat­ter where you go, en­joy your time on the water dur­ing this hol­i­day break.

I sus­pect the fish­ing may just be ab­so­lutely cherry ripe this time around.

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