Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

STUN­NING con­di­tions have dom­i­nated the weather pat­tern re­cently al­beit a tad warm. The fish­ing over­all has been luke warm to boil­ing hot as well.

On the reef each day has pro­duced a dif­fer­ent out­come ac­cord­ing to Steve Adam­son of Dragon Lady Char­ters. It seemed dif­fer­ent species were tag team­ing from day to day and con­quered the catch. Some days it was the coral trout on the chew, the next it was the large mouth nan­ny­gai, fol­lowed by the gold spot trevally and on one oc­ca­sion it was a day for the Span­ish flag. On this par­tic­u­lar day the crew stum­bled across a honey pot of stripeys all reg­is­ter­ing around the 40cm mark which is on the large size for this species. Other species to add to the creel have in­cluded moses perch, Span­ish mack­erel caught on the float, span­gled em­peror, co­bia and a few cod. Steve said it has been mostly good fish­ing es­pe­cially for this time of the year when catches can be a bit spas­modic at times.

The mar­lin fish­ing went through a quiet patch re­cently but as it of­ten hap­pens it is back on fire with catch rates on the rise again. There are a lot of big fish out there this year around the mag­i­cal 1000lb mark and there is a mul­ti­tude of fish around that 150-200lb range. There has been quite a few mul­ti­ple hook ups amongst the ac­tion and this cre­ates ab­so­lute chaos on the deck. The key to hav­ing suc­cess on the mar­lin is to keep search­ing for that bluish pur­ple cobalt wa­ter which of­fers the best fish­ing. Of late there has been a lot of dirty wa­ter com­ing through with cer­tain cur­rents and you are best leav­ing this area in search of cleaner wa­ter. Con­di­tions at one lo­ca­tion can change day by day and it can re­quire cov­er­ing a fair bit of ground at times in search of the bite. On the same grounds on the shelf there is a bit of ac­tion on of­fer for the light tackle brigade with patches of dol­phin fish hav­ing just ar­rived, there are plenty of pock­ets of yel­lowfin tuna work­ing the sur­face and there’s al­ways your roam­ing wa­hoo cruis­ing around. There is no bet­ter place at the mo­ment in the world which will of­fer bet­ter angling op­por­tu­ni­ties than our lo­cal game fish­ing grounds.

The weather looks like it go­ing to re­main glam­orous in the near fu­ture with a touch of north east­erly wind set to ar­rive over the weekend. If the winds re­main light the fish­ing will be just fine.

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