Fishing with heff
IT’S been one of those wild weeks in the Far North as the first tropical cyclone is expected to cross the coast for the season 300 nautical miles north of Port Douglas.
The cyclone is expected to cross Lockhart River where our local vessels Reel Chase and Saltaire are currently working and they will have to sit out the Category 1 storm as it passes over.
The boys were due to start returning home on Wednesday after a month-long operation but instead they’ve had to cut their last trip short and evacuate clients out by plane so they could safely get home and then bunker down themselves.
Talking with the crew by phone they said a lot of commercial boats, including our local commercial vessel The Queenslander, that work these waters in the Far North, have also arrived at Lockhart for the protection that the mangrove river offers and are prepared to batten down the hatches for a couple of days as well.
Once the cyclone passes Reel Chase and Saltaire will have the ominous task of punching back home straight into some very fresh winds which will make it a slow and bumpy trek. Here’s to a safe voyage. Locally we’ve had one of those horror weeks with fresh to frightening winds hammering the coastline.
There have been no reef reports to speak of and hopefully by the weekend charter boats and punters alike may have the opportunity to head offshore once again.
This has left the rivers and creeks as the only option to fish and according to Christian Webb of Trinity Sportfishing they have been a bit difficult as well.
He said he’s been catching a few mangrove jack and estuary cod and there’s been a lot of bream on the go as well.
He said the water temperature has slightly dipped in the past week and has momentarily slowed things down.
He’s optimistic that once the weather clears and the water clarity returns proceedings will be a lot more productive.