Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

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