Fishing with heff
IT’S been great to see the sun shining and the ocean settle down over the last several days.
Boat ramps are once again busy and local charters have been inundated with eager anglers.
After an extended lay-off due to bad weather, Dragon Lady charters have been out on the blue highway and producing some very handy results.
The coral trout have been up and about, the large mouth nannygai have produced some hot bites at times and there have been some very handsome Spanish mackerel landed. Other species which have added a bit of spice have included golden trevally to 7kg, large cod, the hard fighting cobia and smatterings of small mouth nannygai.
Skipper Steve said it was nice to be back on the water in abating seas particularly with the fishing being mostly active.
Currently we are experiencing neap tides which will assist in fishing the really deep hangs for large mouth nannygai and early next week the tides gather a bit of momentum and Steve believes if the weather can hold the coral trout will be a hot item to target. He also said that it was great to see some mackerel around and from this point on they should be more prevalent on our local reef systems. In other news, locals have been recording some nice yellowfin tuna on the continental shelf and surprisingly there have been encounters with wahoo of exceptional size which one would not expect at this time of year.
Furthermore on the pelagic scene there have been several reports of small black marlin being registered at Satellite and Pixie Reef as well as Fitzroy Island.
Last year was the best year for small black marlin in 15 years and hopefully we can get a second dose of this fantastic light tackle fishing ahead.
In the rivers and creeks I’m mostly hearing that there are a few mangrove jack being caught, heaps of bream are readily available and there’s been a lot of juvenile giant trevally to have a bit of fun with. Beach reports say there’s been barracuda, lemon sharks and blue salmon being caught.
Put out some crab pots to value add to your day’s catch.