Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

WELL what a hor­ror run of weather we’ve had re­cently which is stretch­ing out to over a week of strong wind warn­ings.

This pat­tern doesn’t look like chang­ing much ei­ther un­til the back end of the week­end ei­ther which will keep the off­shore fra­ter­nity stay­ing at home for the short term fu­ture.

It has been a frus­trat­ing month or so as this is third block of ex­tended bad weather we’ve ex­pe­ri­enced in re­cent times.

It’s been a shame be­cause the reef fish­ing and pelagic fish­ing has been re­ally on fire dur­ing the calm spells. Next week how­ever looks promis­ing and there’ll bee plenty of keen an­glers pre­pared to make the ocean jour­ney.

This has left the calm wa­ter to fish of late and ac­cord­ing to James Beitzel of On the Dain­tree Fish­ing he said there’s been some handy fish­ing to be had with rea­son­able num­bers of fin­ger­mark still bit­ing, there’s still a few barra kick­ing around and there’s been some re­ally good num­bers of golden trevally par­tic­u­larly in his river sys­tem.

Down in Port Dou­glas Chris­tian Webb of Trin­ity Sport­fish­ing says the lo­cal in­let is red hot for plump sized bream, there’s been some good catches of man­grove jack and grunter and there’s still the odd barra be­ing caught as well.

Quite a few lo­cal an­glers headed up to Lake­field National Park last week with the roads now open and the re­ports were quite rea­son­able. There were some big barra reg­is­tered up to 97cm, sev­eral in the 80-90cm range and plenty just le­gal and un­der.

The lads that I spoke with said it was a case of trav­el­ling quite a few miles to get the re­wards but well worth the ef­fort es­pe­cially when the big fish came around. They flicked lures mostly on foot fol­low­ing the banks of the Nor­manby River.

In the mean­time hang in there for the mo­ment and let’s hope we can get the blue wa­ter pro­gram back on track sooner rather than later.

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