Grey fish aplenty, reds hide
WITH settling conditions and some monster tides of late there has been a bit going on in the local fishing scene. The good news is the weather pattern seems to have stabilised and the good weather will continue albeit a tad hot.
On the reef it has interesting, with every day producing a different result. According to Dragon Lady Charters they’ve had some blistering days on the coral trout with some nice specimens around the 5kg mark. Then on other days the coral trout and other red species fell off the planet.
However skipper Steve Adamson said there was no lack of fish when the reds stopped biting and these days were quite ‘grey’. Not in the sense they were dull days, but every fish was grey in colour.
He said there one day there where they caught 150 fish for the day. They were evenly distributed between the trevally species and slatey bream. He said only four small trout were among the haul and the rest were simply grey.
Anyway when you catch that many fish it is simply a mad house on the deck. There seems to be plenty of fish out there to keep the rods bending.
On the Daintree, Jamie Beitzel reports that the salt water continues to push right up the system and the upper reaches are fishing well for tarpon and mid sized GT river trevally. In the lower reaches around the estuary there is a good supply of small bait fry which is seeing huge numbers of mid sized queenfish in the river. The fingermark continue to bite well in the deeper sections and there has been some nice golden trevally down near the entrance and across the flats using fresh dead baits.
The heavy tackle marlin season appears to have got off to a slower start with the recent Lizard Island tournament seeing a lot of small black marlin being caught with the odd big model being tagged and released. Tournament tag numbers were also down on previous years. In saying this many skippers are hoping it is a late bite this year and things will pick up in the next week or two. Let’s hope so, with the Port Douglas Marlin Challenge due to start next Thursday for four days of fishing.