Fishing with heff
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.