Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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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