Just right for mar­lin chal­lenge

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE glam­our weather looks set to con­tinue in the near fu­ture and com­peti­tors in the Port Dou­glas Mar­lin Chal­lenge start­ing to­day will be count­ing their bless­ings for such ideal con­di­tions.

For the next four days a 5-10 knot breeze is fore­cast and with likely tides at hand the fleet will be hop­ing for a pos­i­tive out­come.

News on the ground how­ever is that the heavy tackle black mar­lin sea­son over­all is yet to hit its straps with num­bers of gen­uine big fish down on pre­vi­ous years.

Ac­cord­ing to a cou­ple of skip­pers in the know the cur­rents are grad­u­ally chang­ing and wa­ter tem­per­a­tures are close to be­ing prime. For those in­volved in the lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion they are hop­ing to change the trend and re­ly­ing on the Lin­den Banks and Opal Ridge re­gions to bring on that bite they are fa­mous for.

As for the gen­eral fish­ing on the outer reef it has shown no sign of slow­ing down. In fact the fish­ing seems to have got bet­ter which against the grain with the warmer days at hand.

The other day I got a text from Dragon Lady Skip­per Steve Adam­son who was on the wa­ter at the time say­ing they had hit the mother lode.

Steve is one not to ex­ag­ger­ate and when I wit­nessed the haul com­ing off the boat that day it was a sight to be­hold. It was a sea of big red fish mainly in the likes of large mouth nan­ny­gai all be­tween the 7-10kg range with sev­eral crack­ing red em­peror around the 10kg mark thrown in. There was close to 50 fish just with th­ese species and when you throw in a few co­ral trout, trevally and other bits and pieces a phe­nom­e­nal day was had by those on board.

Other days dur­ing the week also pro­duced hand­somely and the fish­ing was above par for the most.

Steve said he didn’t know what it was but the ‘mother in law’ slatey bream are big, up around the 7kg weight. Other im­pres­sive catches dur­ing the week have been some nice big rogue Span­ish mack­erel, the ones that tend to cruise around as in­di­vid­u­als and they have been around 20kg and bet­ter.

Looks like it will be an­other busy week­end at the boat ramps with good tides to play with.

TOP: Paul Mor­ris with a big Span­ish Mack­erel caught aboard Dragon Lady Char­ters, win­ner of the Com­bined Sheds $50 voucher. MID­DLE: Bran­don Buck­eridge caught this rip­per at Batt Reef BOT­TOM: Bren­ton Irv­ing with an 85cm Snook.

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