Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

AF­TER a dev­il­ish patch of weather last week we are now ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a bril­liant run which is along the lines one would ex­pect for this time of year. With the fine con­di­tions comes plenty of fish­ing op­por­tu­nity and re­ports have been pro­duc­tive since the week­end.

On the reef it has been a solid catch rate on our pre­ferred tar­geted red species with coral trout, large mouth nan­ny­gai and red em­peror fea­tur­ing heav­ily in re­cent times. Some of the large mouth in par­tic­u­lar have been on the large size with plenty of 7-10kg mod­els re­turn­ing on lo­cal char­ters. The coral trout have been a con­sis­tent 3-4kg and the red em­peror have been around the 5kg mark or 60- 65cm range. Skip­per Steve Adam­son of Dragon Lady Char­ters says with the good weather comes plenty of in­ter­est to hit the wa­ter and the fish­ing has com­pli­mented their ef­forts. He says the bite hasn’t been right through­out the day but the hangs around the turn of the tide has seen the fish re­ally come on the bite. They’ve been catch­ing around 75% of their fish dur­ing this win­dow which has lasted for about an hour. Out­side of this it has been a mat­ter of scratch­ing around pluck­ing a few fish here and there. Our rivers and creeks have seen a bet­ter strike rate with the sunny days at hand and with cleaner wa­ter push­ing in and out of the sys­tems. Ac­cord­ing to Jake Wyatt of Port Dou­glas Sport­fish­ing he’s seen a solid run on the man­grove jack in the up­per reaches of the creeks and closer to the mouth there’s been mid sized trevally and queen­fish be­ing quite ac­tive on the run in tide. The barra are now start­ing to warm to the oc­ca­sion and quite a few ju­ve­nile fish were reg­is­tered as the days warmed up. With some calm days on hand he’s keen to see a bit of blue­wa­ter ac­tion over the com­ing days hav­ing been couped up the lo­cal es­tu­ary dur­ing the bad weather. The fore­cast for the com­ing next week looks absolutely juicy and you’ll be kick­ing your­self if you can’t get out among it.

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