Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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