Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

THE good times and the good weather have con­tin­ued over the past week and the off­shore scene in par­tic­u­lar has en­joyed some very bright mo­ments.

There’s been a bit more move­ment on the light tackle scene with good catches of a va­ri­ety of pelag­ics on the bite from your in­shore reefs right out to the shelf.

Coastal reefs have seen some hefty num­bers of school mack­erel move through and in tow have been some north­ern bluefin tuna as well.

Pop­pers, met­als slices and hard body lures dragged in front of their noses have come un­der heavy scru­tiny.

On the outer reefs the north­ern bluefin tuna schools have made their pres­ence felt as well and there’s been a bit more ac­tiv­ity on the Span­ish mack­erel.

In both cases the tur­moil they cre­ate on the sur­face chas­ing down bait schools will tell you where you should be fish­ing.

At times the tuna in par­tic­u­lar can be flighty but from re­ports they have been full on into feed­ing mode at times which makes ap­proach­ing the school a damn lot eas­ier.

The pelagic form con­tin­ues on the edge of the shelf with good num­bers of yel­lowfin tuna roam­ing up and down cobalt waters.

There are some big Span­ish mack­erel and wa­hoo out there as well and with this sort of ac­tiv­ity it will be a bea­con for the mar­lin to fol­low.

The mar­lin are out there in small num­bers but not in mass quite yet and this will change very soon one would ex­pect. Speak­ing of mar­lin, the 2013 Port Dou­glas Mar­lin Chal­lenge is only a month away and there is a lot of in­ter­est this year with quite a few new boats ready to join the ac­tion.

Word of mouth has it that this a very so­cial tour­na­ment and is gain­ing more and more in­ter­est by the year.

We’ll keep you posted with up­dates as the tour­na­ment ap­proaches.

A bit of breeze is ex­pected over the weekend but noth­ing too dam­ag­ing at this point.

Just a re­minder we are cur­rently un­der­go­ing reef clo­sures un­til mid­night Sun­day 6th Oc­to­ber.

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