Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

A real trop­i­cal af­fair has swept across the re­gion of late with still and hu­mid hot days trans­formed into a cas­cade of sul­try thun­der­storms and rain in the late af­ter­noons and evenings. It is what you’d in­ter­pret as to the build up to the wet sea­son and it has made the fish­ing a tale of two sto­ries.

By morn­ing the seas are calm and con­di­tions quite con­ducive to head­ing off­shore, how­ever by early af­ter­noon the clouds start gath­er­ing on the ranges and with winds com­ing from the north/ north west it changes the whole land­scape and can make boat­ing a dan­ger­ous propo­si­tion. Ac­cord­ing to Steve Adam­son aboard the Dragon Lady Char­ter he says the weather is like Jekyl and Hyde over the course of day. Af­ter a hot and in­sipid few hours on the wa­ter when the storms came through he said it dished up some nasty con­di­tions and it was the real deal. He said it was no place for any small craft to be caught up in those con­di­tions. He said the fish­ing has been gen­er­ally tough on the reef be­ing able to source a cou­ple of qual­ity fish per hang. He said you’d catch a cou­ple of nice trout or trevally and then all that kept bit­ing was your sweet­lip, stripeys and moses perch. He did ac­knowl­edge that the moses perch have been on the larger size for th­ese species. There’s been enough fish around to keep the pun­ters happy but it is far from red hot fish­ing at the mo­ment.

On the game fish­ing scene a bit of life has breathed back into the mar­lin scene with sev­eral good fish reg­is­tered on our lo­cal grounds over the past week. They went amiss for a cou­ple of weeks but Damian Co­lette of Sal­taire Char­ters was al­ways con­fi­dent they’d make a bit of a come­back. He said that no-one re­ally knew where they had dis­ap­peared to mo­men­tar­ily but they had to re­turn once the wa­ter con­di­tions im­proved be­cause they were here to breed. He did men­tion that hav­ing spent a few nights on the reef that the evening trop­i­cal storms kept him on edge and said they’d ex­pe­ri­enced up to 40 knot winds at times which was a bit hairy.

In our rivers and creeks the Daintree is fish­ing well for man­grove jack and finger­mark and there’s quite a few mid sized queen­fish through­out the sys­tem ac­cord­ing to James Beitzel. The im­me­di­ate out­look will see more calm seas dur­ing the day but be so ever watch­ful as the storms start brew­ing on the hori­zon or on the ranges.

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