Fish­ing with heff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

IM­ME­DI­ATELY fol­low­ing last weeks ed­i­to­rial there was a sig­nif­i­cant re­port which came through which def­i­nitely got the eye­brows rais­ing. The news evolved around the ac­tion along Four Mile Beach with the jelly prawn hatches which cre­ated an ab­so­lute amaz­ing scene re­sult­ing in a mass feed­ing frenzy of fish. On the morn­ings of Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day lit­er­ally half the south­ern end of Four Mile Beach was lit­tered with thou­sands of preda­tory fish feed­ing upon the newly ar­rived hatches of jelly prawn (ap­prox 5-15mm in length). As can hap­pen at this time of the year a good dose of rain im­me­di­ately fol­lowed up by a string of real calm con­di­tions is the cat­a­lyst for such an event. There were all man­ners of fish hem­ming the jelly prawns up against the wa­ter’s edge com­ing through and gorg­ing them­selves with the del­i­cacy. Queen­fish, trevally, tar­pon, sal­mon and also very likely dart, gi­ant her­ring and barra were part of the com­mo­tion and this hatch­ing was de­scribed by some long term lo­cals as one of the big­gest they’ve seen. The catch to all this is that the fish are only fo­cused on eat­ing the jelly prawn and con­ven­tional angling meth­ods ex­cept for fly fish­ing can­not repli­cate the food source to en­tice a bite out of them. In turn this oc­cur­rence is a fly fish­er­man’s heaven as they can cre­ate ’rice like’ fly pre­sen­ta­tions to at­tract plenty of re­sponse and ac­tion from the fish. We go into a bit more depth in next month’s Line Burner on the topic. A bit fur­ther north there were sim­i­lar re­ports around the same time at the Wonga Beach area with a run of prawns on the go and the queen­fish were thick. On the reef there were a cou­ple of reef char­ters con­ducted by the Dragon Lady over the weekend. By this point the calm weather had com­pletely dis­ap­peared and the rains re­turned with force. This made the fish­ing tough on the Satur­day with lit­er­ally no vis­i­bil­ity be­yond 20m in front of the boat. By Sun­day the winds had in­creased but the rain had eased and catches were con­sid­er­ably bet­ter with some nice red em­peror, large mouth nan­ny­gai, span­gled em­peror and moses perch com­ing back to the docks. Look­ing ahead con­di­tions look medi­ocre with winds ex­pected around the 15-20 knot range with a few more show­ers ex­pected. To see a re­peat along the beaches we need solid rains and some calm days to go with it to re

ig­nite that back into gear as it did re­cently.

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