Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

IT ap­pears that the weather gods have struck back with a vengeance lash­ing the coast­line with har­row­ing winds and bar­relling rain squalls. Not quite the weather one would ex­pect this time of the year. Con­se­quently this has kept all and sundry back in the shel­ter of the har­bour or up the creek wet­ting a line. Talk­ing with Steve Adam­son of Dragon Lady char­ters he can­not be­lieve the roller­coaster weather that has been dished up in the re­cent months. He said it has been like a bit of Jekyll and Hyde this year and one can­not get a grip of what to ex­pect ahead. If we get the weather at least we can ex­pect the fish­ing to be quite rea­son­able at this time of year. For the crew it has been a week of catch­ing up on jobs and com­plet­ing main­te­nance on the boat. Look­ing ahead there is hope that the winds will abate to some de­gree over the week­end and they can once again con­tinue with their steady stream of book­ings.

This has left this week’s pick­ings to be small boat the bri­gade to fight it out among them­selves up the stock lo­cal rivers and creeks. Ac­cord­ing to Jake Wyatt of Port Dou­glas Sport­fish­ing the traf­fic has been bumper to bumper up the lo­cal es­tu­ary and for some tem­pers be­came a bit frayed. He said at cer­tain times the calm wa­ter re­sem­bled a busy high­way with boats of all sizes bat­tling each other for po­si­tion along this sen­si­tive stretch of wa­ter. De­spite the over­load of ves­sels and dis­tur­bance he said he faired rea­son­ably well catch­ing his quota of man­grove jack, grunter and bream for the week. The un­set­tling con­di­tions made the fish a bit more ten­ta­tive than usual and the op­tions were limited be­cause there was not even a chance to poke his nose out around the front to ex­plore the coast­line. He said on Mon­day and Tues­day there big white caps rolling into the har­bour and things looked quite ugly be­yond the leads. For the short term it is a mat­ter of deal­ing with what is at hand and do the best job pos­si­ble for his clients in the chal­leng­ing con­di­tions. Jake went onto to fur­ther say that you never take for granted the good weather when it comes around as it makes life a damn sight eas­ier in his trade.

Let’s hope this batch of tur­bu­lence can move on over the week­end and we can en­joy the greener pas­tures on the other side.

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