Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

OUR amaz­ing run of weather con­tin­ued over the past week of­fer­ing plenty of op­por­tu­nity to wet a line in what­ever fash­ion you de­cided.

Fol­low­ing the reef clo­sures whereby the reef species were spawn­ing, as to be ex­pected the coral trout came back on the bite in twofold. Hav­ing ag­gre­gated into the shal­lower sec­tions of the reef to com­plete their spawn­ing process, their fo­cus quickly shifted to food hav­ing prob­a­bly not fed for sev­eral days. For those in the know th­ese ag­gre­ga­tion points are a prime op­por­tu­nity to snare a few trout whilst they are about in con­cen­trated num­bers and also in a rav­en­ous mood. Grad­u­ally they dis­perse back out into the deeper wa­ter and this is hap­pen­ing as we speak.

Dragon Lady char­ters en­joyed a bumper few days on the coral trout and Skip­per Steve said it was rel­a­tively easy fish­ing there for awhile. He said he could have eas­ily caught the boat bag limit each day but once the pun­ters had ac­quired a few fish for a feed he moved on to other pas­tures. Other fish to mix it up with the coral trout were span­gled em­peror in good num­bers and sizes, as well as stripeys and sweet­lip. On the shelf the signs are build­ing up for a good heavy tackle mar­lin sea­son. Sal­taire Char­ters have been sight­ing quite a few smaller black mar­lin up to 300lb but on the weekend they latched onto a 700lb beauty which they suc­cess­fully reeled into the boat, tagged it and then re­leased it in prime con­di­tion. Ac­cord­ing to Skip­per Damian Co­lette there is not much traf­fic out there in terms of ves­sels, with the bulk of the boats fish­ing fur­ther north along the rib­bon reefs. He was wrapped to get their first big mar­lin in for the sea­son and in­tends to take ad­van­tage of the peace and quiet on The Bank and Opal Ridge be­fore the fleet ar­rive back to­wards the end of the month. Be­sides the mar­lin the light tackle scene has been quite good as well with some big wa­hoo, Span­ish mack­erel and yel­lowfin tuna to have a crack at as well as us­ing the stand up gear. Quite a few of the yel­lowfin are push­ing up to the 30-40kg mark and are of­fer­ing some great angling. The winds are ex­pected to pick up a tad over the next few days which may keep smaller craft closer to home but there is no real threat of any­thing nasty. The weekend tides of­fer a bit of run so the fish­ing should be pro­duc­tive whether you are fish­ing in­shore or off­shore.

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