Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

IT ap­pears for the mo­ment that we have bro­ken the shack­les from the on­slaught of re­cent rains and look for­ward to a win­dow of op­por­tu­nity ahead to hit the wa­ter in the com­ing days. It seemed the rains were never go­ing to dis­perse as we recorded solids down­pours across the re­gion for more than a week but we are mo­men­tar­ily in the clear.

The huge amount of rain pushed a moun­tain of wa­ter out to sea and miles off­shore – you could see the de­mar­ca­tion line where the fresh meets the salt. In tow has been a bar­rage of float­ing de­bris and one will want to keep a keen set of eyes when trav­el­ling around on the wa­ter. There are plenty of big ob­sta­cles such as float­ing trees, logs and branches around which rep­re­sent a mine­field of dan­ger if you hit any of them.

Un­for­tu­nately fish­ing re­ports have been slim of late with a cou­ple of char­ters pick­ing up a smat­ter­ing of fish such as co­ral trout, sweet­lip, stripey and moses perch on the reef whilst the pre­dom­i­nant fish up the creeks has been the man­grove jack which is not sur­pris­ing con­sid­er­ing the ad­verse weather we have had.

But in say­ing all this the week­end weather looks de­light­ful and I’m sure there’ll be a hive of ac­tiv­ity at the boat ramps and ma­rina all look­ing for an en­joy­able day on the blue wa­ter. Af­ter an ex­tended rest from the an­glers hope­fully the fish will be in an ag­gres­sive mood on the reef but once again be care­ful in your trav­els. One area to keep an eye out for will be along the beaches and head­lands which will be in abun­dance with fresh new life from the re­cent rains. Prawns, schools of bait fish and the pos­si­bil­ity of some jelly prawn hatches will cer­tainly be closely scru­ti­nized by our lo­cal preda­tory species such as trevally, queen­fish, blue salmon, grunter and barra. The school and grey mack­erel should also be around the coastal reefs and in­shore patches.

So af­ter a taste of ’go­ing tropo’ these cur­rent con­di­tions are ab­so­lute prime time to bear fruit dur­ing the wet sea­son. En­joy the sun and calm weather whilst it lasts be­cause you don’t know what lies around the corner.

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