Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

IT’S been a week of soul search­ing amongst the lo­cal fleets to try and em­u­late the good fish­ing that has taken place prior to this. De­spite hav­ing gen­tle seas var­i­ous sec­tors of the fish­ing land­scape have gone amiss.

The black mar­lin fish­ing has nearly shut down fol­low­ing the Port Dou­glas Mar­lin Chal­lenge which may have been the on­set of things to come. The ma­jor­ity of boats work­ing up this way are scratch­ing their heads as to where to source a mar­lin or two for their clients. Our lo­cal ves­sel Sal­taire Char­ters skip­pered by Damian Co­lette was kissed on the fore­head by a fairy the other day by pluck­ing out a 800lb model on Lin­den Banks amongst a host of ap­prox­i­mately 20 other ves­sels work­ing the grounds that day which saw noth­ing be­tween them. He said he was ex­tremely lucky but that is the way it goes some­times. He men­tioned in re­cent times he’s had to al­ter plans to get fish across the line. His ploy has worked fairly well by se­cur­ing a cou­ple of sail­fish, good num­bers of yel­lowfin tuna and plenty of mack­erel just to keep the reels turn­ing over. Ac­cord­ing to Damian some game boats are do­ing some ex­treme moves to source some bill­fish by even trav­el­ling way back up to Rib­bon Reef No.10 off Lizard Is­land and head­ing as far east to the Seamount and Holmes Reef in the Coral Sea. To date nei­ther move has pro­duced the de­sired re­sults for those in­volved and there’s quite a few. He re­mains con­fi­dent that things will come back on the im­prove but the com­ing week or so is crit­i­cal to as­sess as to whether or not the mar­lin sea­son may be pre­ma­turely over or not.

On the reef Skip­per Steve Adam­son has re­ported sim­i­lar re­sults re­cently with only a burst of good fish­ing here and there. There’s been a few trevally, coral trout and sweet­lip around but the bite has been a nar­row win­dow. He be­lieves the sea­sons are about sev­eral weeks ahead of them­selves for this time of year and this has been re­it­er­ated by the lo­cal prawn trawler Santiego which recorded a be­low par re­sult on its last ex­tended trip. Ac­cord­ing to Steve off Dragon Lady the prawns have dis­ap­peared and they will not do another for the sea­son de­spite nor­mally do­ing at least one more. Hope you got your lo­cal Christ­mas prawns ear­lier this year.

It will be an in­ter­est­ing week to see if the blue wa­ter scene can change things around.

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