Grey fish aplenty, reds hide

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - GET REEL -

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.

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