Fishing with heff
IT’S been another frustrating period in the Far North as persistent winds dominate the weather pattern minimising fishing opportunities.
There were a couple of days at the start of the week where the local charter boats headed offshore but it was under a bit of duress as the winds remained steady.
Dragon Lady Charters toughened it out in the trying conditions and the fishing remained mostly tough.
Skipper Steve said normally they’d normally be able to source a few coral trout up in the shallows in the more protected waters but they were slim pickings only picking a few up here and there.
There were sweetlip, slatey bream and stripeys to add to the catch but Steve said it was a battle all the way in the windy conditions.
Looking ahead in the short term future he believes that the winds will keep everyone at home and they are looking at kicking off again on Monday when the seas are predicted to settle again.
Inshore in our local Dickson Inlet estuary there’s been a little bit on offer according to Christian Webb of Trinity Sportfishing.
Over the past week he’s been catching quite a few mangrove jack and estuary cod hard up against the banks and there’s also been a heavy concentration of bream on the go as well.
Other than this he said there has been a good supply of medium sized juvenile giant trevally sweeping through the system on the incoming tide. They’ve been catching healthy numbers of these on light gear particularly around the deeper holes in the main part of the channel.
As for the barra he said he hasn’t registered a decent one in recent times and that they are expected to tail off at this time of the year.
Local vessels Reel Chase and Saltaire arrived back home this week from a month long stint at Lockhart River albeit several days later than expected.
The crew said during the 300 nautical mile journey home they had to tackle 40-knot seas head on for most of the trip and it was a very long and tiring experience. The calm waters of their marina base have never looked so good they said.
Looking ahead the forecast looks very ugly for offshore fishing, so you are going to have to scour the rivers and creeks for a spot of angling action this weekend.
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