Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

IT’S been a bit of a roller­coaster ride this past week in the fish­ing world in Far North Qld. Fresh­en­ing winds and mas­sive tides threw a span­ner in the works over the weekend but con­di­tions have eased for the mo­ment bring­ing back some nor­mal­ity.

The reef fish­ing was gen­er­ally tough in the last week with ves­sels opt­ing to fish in the more shal­lower pro­tected sec­tions of the reef whilst the winds were up. There was a few coral trout to be caught but not in sig­nif­i­cant num­bers and there was your usual sus­pects as well in­clud­ing span­gled em­peror, sweet­lip and stripeys. The sharks how­ever were fe­ro­cious at times and put a dent in quite a few ses­sions drop­ping num­bers of fish caught. There were a cou­ple of fair weather days where there was the op­por­tu­nity to fish a bit deeper and the re­sults were bet­ter. Al­though num­bers weren’t huge there was some qual­ity large mouth nan­ny­gai, co­bia and reef jack caught which makes the esky look a bit more worth­while. Skip­per Steve Adam­son said it is a bit of a lot­tery draw at the mo­ment and you have to keep try­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent each day. Even­tu­ally things will go to plan and there are still some nice fish about to be caught.

Ac­cord­ing to Sal­taire Char­ters they’ve had good suc­cess on the Span­ish mack­erel over the last few days trolling the deeper sides of the reef. Gen­er­ally speak­ing you’ll find 3-4 fish work­ing the same patch of turf and once they’ve been caught it has been a mat­ter of push­ing on and find­ing that next batch. Most fish have been around the 8-12kg mark.

In the rivers and creeks there have been re­ports of good barra be­ing caught closer to the river mouths us­ing live baits. With the big­ger tides of late the salt wa­ter has been push­ing right up­stream bring­ing with it trevally, tar­pon, queen­fish in the main chan­nels. Across the flats us­ing fresh dead baits in the murky wa­ter has been pro­duc­tive for catch­ing javelin fish and golden trevally. There are also pock­ets in the rivers hold­ing good struc­ture that are pro­vid­ing great ac­tion on the man­grove jacks with re­ports say­ing there are a lot of fish around the 50cm mark which is truly

qual­ity.

How long have you been do­ing belly danc­ing? Tough­est thing about it? Learn­ing new moves and learn­ing how to move dif­fer­ent body parts, try­ing to keep up with the in­struc­tor and fol­low­ing her. Best? The ex­pe­ri­ence, it’s awe­some to get to meet new friends and also get fit, my tummy is get­ting more toned. Favourite dance? Do you con­sider it a sport?

Why should peo­ple get in­volved?

Any em­bar­rass­ing mo­ments?

Any com­pe­ti­tions/per­for­mances?

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