Choppy out on the water
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.