Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

IT’S been a big week for game fish­ing. With the last of the reef clo­sures cut­ting out five days of re­ports it has been left to the big boys with their big toys to pro­vide the ac­tion. From all ac­counts the mar­lin fish­ing is forg­ing to­wards one of its best ever sea­sons from over the past two decades with colos­sal re­ports fil­ter­ing through from the fleets. Big Fish has been the or­der of the day with most op­er­a­tions ex­pe­ri­enc­ing at least one or two if not more 1000lb fish over the last week and a bit. As ex­pected the Rib­bon Reefs fur­ther north shut down with dirty wa­ter at the end of last week and the hot spots quickly turned to the Opal Ridge and Lin­den Bank which is of­fer­ing far bet­ter con­di­tions and a hot bite.

My busi­ness Fish­ing Port Dou­glas was privy to host the Cal­tex (in-house) Port Dou­glas Mar­lin Chal­lenge very re­cently with six of the big­gest and best game boats on the east coast to com­pete over three days which in­volved lux­ury mother ship­ping as well. With 25 busi­ness ex­ec­u­tive busi­ness men and women in­clud­ing celebri­ties Su­per V8 Su­per Car Cham­pion and ranked in Aus­tralia’s Top 10 cham­pion sports peo­ple Craig Lown­des and Rugby Leg­end and ex­traor­di­naire Mark Ella, the fish­ing proved to be ex­tremely good. As it even­tu­ated Craig cranked him­self a 750lb screamer and Mark nailed a 350lb stal­lion dur­ing the course of the event. Over­all 13 mar­lin were reg­is­tered with the big­gest con­ser­va­tively called at 950lb but could have grown a few more pounds if it truly re­vealed it­self at a very in­tense and dan­ger­ous en­counter at the back of the Reel Chase ves­sel.

To­day is the start of the Port Dou­glas Mar­lin Chal­lenge (which should have re­ceived more ap­pro­pri­ate cov­er­age in this pa­per pre­vi­ously and from other lo­cal tourism bod­ies in my opin­ion) as it is a ma­jor event on the Port Dou­glas cal­en­dar and is a For­mula One event in FNQ at­tract­ing the best in the busi­ness. Con­di­tions will be blowy and chal­leng­ing to start with the winds up but they should abate and the days go by in the four-day tour­na­ment. It will fin­ish up Sun­day evening with a big party and pre­sen­ta­tion down on the ma­rina board­walk with hope­fully plenty of big fishy tales to tell. I’ll be of­fi­ci­at­ing the tour­na­ment on the wa­ter as the event di­rec­tor and have de­cided to en­ter the event as an an­gler as well – see how we go.

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