Fishing with heff
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.