Fishing with heff
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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