Fishing with heff
THE last week or so has seen the region continue to receive moderate wet season rainfalls which have been associated with slight variable winds coming from the north to north-west. What this has meant is that the seas have remained relatively calm but the rain jacket has got a solid work out times. There’s been a few eager punters around prepared to take on the elements and to get out amongst it and to wet a line.
Over the weekend Dragon Lady Charters mustered a couple of trips together and to their surprise found the fishing to be quite responsive for this time of year. Their first trip yielded good numbers of coral and trout and value added to this with a good haul of spangled emperor. The following day they improved on this by ascertaining good numbers of coral trout again, tapped into healthy numbers of large mouth nannygai and topped this off with several legal sized red emperor. Skipper Steve said you never quite know what the day will bring when fishing in February but these last couple of charters were above grade for this time of the year. He said the mackerel have been nowhere to be seen but if the reef fishing continues as it did on the weekend that will be a bonus. Port Douglas Sportfishing found themselves roaming the inshore coastal reef waters a couple of times and reported good numbers of just legal sized large mouth nannygai to be caught along with a few bar cheek trout and stripeys. There’s been the odd stray Spanish mackerel floating around but there’s a bit more on offer down below.
The local Dickson Inlet estuary has been fishing reasonably well for mangrove jack whilst the more major rivers have found the fishing a bit tougher inside at times due to the amount of fresh coming off the ranges. The Daintree however has filtered through some reports of fingermark being caught down in the salt and the surrounding headlands have seen the odd queenfish and mackerel.
The beaches and flats have seen a bit of action on a rising tide mainly in the name of blue salmon, trevally and grunter with a strong contingency of small black reef sharks present.
Looking ahead the rains look like they’ll persist with variable slight winds. Conditions should be fine enough to get out and explore in the short term but always check for the latest weather update and to also pack a poncho to take with you.