Choppy out on the wa­ter

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Shane Ni­chols

LYNTON Hef­fer, univer­sally known as Heff, has pro­vided the magic fish­ing in­sights for this news­pa­per through many a sea­son (not least footy sea­son with his coach­ing du­ties with Crocs Re­serves also tak­ing up his time).

He never once let us down and we thank him pro­fusely for all his ef­forts, week in and week out.

But now he is step­ping away as his own busi­ness de­mands ever more, and he has passed the rod to me.

I’m not as knowl­edge­able as him, may never be, but I know lots of guys who know lots about fish­ing and ev­ery week we’ll talk to them and bring you the info you need in or­der to en­joy one of the best fish­ing re­gions on the whole plant. So stay tuned. Speak­ing of Heff, he’s just got back from a week on blue high­way, run­ning the Port Dou­glas Mar­lin Chal­lenge (Novem­ber 5-8).

He says the fleet en­joyed fan­tas­tic con­di­tions and good fish­ing.

The tour­na­ment was dom­i­nated by the Hell­raiser crew who tagged five black mar­lin and was chal­lenged at var­i­ous times by the Think Big team who came run­ner up with three tags.

The Wild Tur­key team en­coun­tered two mar­lin over 1000lb dur­ing their tour­na­ment quest.

Opal Ridge proved to be a hotspot for many ves­sels, with An­der­son Reef and Lin­den Bank also pro­duc­ing its share of the ac­tion.

Tour­na­ment Statis­tics: 34 strikes; 29 hook ups; 16 tags.

Ma­jor prize win­ners in­cluded: Cham­pion An­gler – Pe­ter Barry on­board Hell­raiser with 3 tags.

Cham­pion Fe­male An­gler – Sharon Poul­ter on­board Think Big with a 950lb black mar­lin

Cham­pion Boat & Skip­per – Steve Ah­lers and Hell­raiser.

The Port Dou­glas Mar­lin Chal­lenge next year will run from the Novem­ber 10-13.

The heavy down­pour in Port on Mon­day night missed the Dain­tree River com­pletely, which has not had a de­cent flush in ages and badly needs it, ac­cord­ing to Dave Pat­ter­son of Dave’s Dain­tree Fish­ing.

He’s been hav­ing good catches around Snap­per Is­land

He says the out­look is for north west­er­lies in the af­ter­noons which makes things a bit choppy and un­com­fort­able on the wa­ter though doesn’t par­tic­u­larly af­fect the fish­ing. I was a barra fish­er­man up the North­ern Ter­ri­tory for many years. You’re liv­ing on boats up the rivers and creeks with the crocodiles and every­thing. I’ve got a few sto­ries.

One fish stands out. As bar­ra­mundi fish­er­men we have nets. One time this fish came right up to the nets and just stayed there, a few inches away from the net, like it was mes­merised.

So I just stuck my hands in and when it took a gulp I just grabbed it by its lip and pulled it into the boat.

And that fish was more than a me­tre long. It nearly pulled me into the wa­ter, be­cause it looked smaller in the wa­ter. So that was ex­cit­ing.

I don’t know what he was do­ing but that the last thing he did. He was a mon­ster, weighed about 40 ki­los or some­thing. That must be about 30 years ago.

Yannick Dag­bert caught this rip­per south east of Low Isles at the week­end and wins the Tin Shed’s $50 voucher. MID­DLE: A shov­el­nose ray caught with Dave’s Dain­tree Fish­ing. BOT­TOM: Lo­cal bloke Andy­man caught this pas­sion­fruit trout on Dave’s Dain­tree Fish­ing.

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