Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

PIC­TURE post­card con­di­tions have pre­vailed in the trop­ics mak­ing it one of the very stretches of weather we’ve seen at this time of year. With the school hol­i­days upon us and thou­sands of vis­i­tors in town this sell­ing tool has painted a won­der­ful pic­ture of what life is all about in Far North Queens­land.

The fish­ing has also lived up to all ex­pec­ta­tions with many re­ports fil­ter­ing through the files. All our char­ters have had con­sid­er­able suc­cess at times whether it be wet­ting a line up the creek or plough­ing the grounds of the con­ti­nen­tal shelf. Dragon Lady has had some thump­ing days on the fish with mother lode catches on the large mouth nan­ny­gai on some days and ter­rific hauls of coral trout on oth­ers. To com­pli­ment th­ese there’s been a host of other fish roam­ing the GBR in­clud­ing gold spot trevally, span­gled em­peror, co­bia, Span­ish mack­erel and a few qual­ity red em­peror. Skip­per Steve said it hasn’t been too hard to scratch up num­bers of fish and a lot of them have been of ab­so­lute qual­ity.

Sal­taire char­ters have com­pleted a mix­ture of char­ters from reef fish­ing, to cast­ing pop­pers at big Gt’s to trolling the shelf for a va­ri­ety of pelag­ics. They’ve had pretty good suc­cess at all meth­ods from catch­ing some whop­ping large mouth on the bot­tom, to land­ing 20kg gi­ant trevally across the top of the reefs to trolling up Span­ish mack­erel, wa­hoo and yel­lowfin tuna on the con­ti­nen­tal shelf at Lin­den Bank and Opal Ridge. Skip­per Damian Col­lete said the full moon pe­riod proved a bit tougher but other than this ev­ery­thing else has been plain sail­ing and you could never get enough of the 5 knot breeze which has dom­i­nated the weather pat­tern.

Jake Wyatt of Port Dou­glas Sport­fish­ing has seen some rather handy days up the rivers and creeks snar­ing good num­bers of qual­ity man­grove jack in the up­per reaches and there’s been plenty of queen­fish, trevally and grunter closer to the river mouths. They’ve also spent a bit of time on the blue­wa­ter tak­ing ad­van­tage of the calm weather pro­duc­ing a mixed bag of reef fish, from coral trout to span­gled em­peror as the main species.

There may be a sprin­kle of rain fol­low­ing the week­end but the im­me­di­ate fu­ture looks quite rosy to be on the wa­ter and the tides are im­prov­ing as the days go by.

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