Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

THE glo­ri­ous run of weather con­tin­ued over the past week and looks set to con­tinue for the im­me­di­ate fu­ture. The weather pat­tern has set­tled beau­ti­fully for the mo­ment with winds shift­ing from the south to the east with a gen­tle breeze mak­ing for ideal con­di­tions on the wa­ter. The fish­ing in the re­gion has had a pos­i­tive spin on it with a va­ri­ety of fish on the move. Off­shore there have been good re­ports of yel­lowfin tuna work­ing the Lin­den Banks in large schools on cer­tain days and there has been a flotilla of ves­sels in pur­suit. Re­ports said that up to 40 boats of all sizes were work­ing the area on a cou­ple of days and the yel­lowfin were be­tween the 15-20kg range. If the yel­lowfin are start­ing to turn up then one would ex­pect a big mar­lin to be in tow as well.

The outer reefs have been pro­duc­ing some big Span­ish mack­erel of late but the big­ger mod­els up to 20kg are iso­lated catches. There’s plenty of smaller mack­erel to be plucked in num­bers but on many oc­ca­sions they have been shy of the le­gal size limit. Dragon Lady ex­pe­ri­enced this sce­nario in the past week catch­ing the smaller fish whilst trolling and land­ing the big fish by float­ing live fusiliers out the back. They also have had a mas­sive week on the coral trout which are mov­ing into the shal­low grounds in prepa­ra­tion for spawn­ing in a cou­ple of weeks. The fish are full of roe and this first batch of reef clo­sures at the start of Oc­to­ber will def­i­nitely see the trout and other reef species go through their life cy­cle of re­pro­duc­ing. As th­ese dates ap­proach one could ex­pect the fish to slow down their ap­petite un­til the spawn­ing process has been com­pleted. Skip­per Steve said they have had some crack­ing days on the wa­ter bring­ing home some pretty solid catches and when com­bined with the good weather it is a fan­tas­tic time to be fish­ing the Great Bar­rier Reef.

In­shore a few more barra are be­com­ing ac­tive which can be at­trib­uted to the rise in tem­per­a­ture dur­ing the day. There’s plenty of man­grove jack to be sourced in our es­tu­ary and creeks and there’s been good num­bers of mid sized trevally and queen­fish mov­ing into our lo­cal rivers sys­tems. Also along our coastal in­shore reefs there’s been re­ports of school mack­erel and a va­ri­ety of trevally. With school hol­i­days upon us and hope­fully a con­tin­u­a­tion of good weather it sure is go­ing to be a hec­tic next cou­ple of weeks for all of us in the re­gion.

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