Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

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