Report 3/2/17

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Report 3/2/17

Post by subeditor » Fri Feb 03, 2017 3:15 pm

In the Far North we are experiencing what many would term as a typical wet season. There’s been ample rain for a month or so now but importantly it hasn’t been over the top to the extent of causing extended flooding. It has meant that the fishing overall has remained in a stable condition.

The big winner with the rain we’ve seen so far has been our rivers and estuaries which have been receiving a constant flush pushing new forms of food and life along the coastline. In between the rains when the dust has settled we have been left with idyllic coastal conditions teeming with fish life. With big tides around the moons a lot of water is coming and going provoking a range of movement. In the upper reaches at small run off creeks and also man made causeways and ponds the barra and jacks have been lying in wait for food to be delivered to them. Working these bottle neck waters with lures or floating a live bait under a float has worked a treat.

As you move further down the systems there are tarpon working the deeper holes along with a steady flow of mid sized trevally especially on the rising tide. Ultimately all things lead to the ocean and beaches and this is where the red hot action has been. When there has been a break between the rains and the water starts to clear it reveals a whole new ecology with fish life thriving. At the bottom of the food chain there has been an abundance of jelly prawns, mullet, sardines, garfish and prawns hugging the foreshore. With the perfect recipe at hand it has attracted the likes of trevally, queenfish, tarpon, dart and permit which can be visually seen working the surface. Underneath barra, salmon and flathead are leaving behind big swirls on the surface after having vacuumed down a tasty meal. Across the horizon you can see big bow waves working the waters and are either your big Gt’s or even sharks. Also cashing in have been pods of dolphins rounding up the mullet schools and at times when conditions are absolutely right massive matarays have come right in close and feeding on the jelly prawns. It is an amazing sight when it all comes together and long stretches of foreshore can be lit alight as far as they can see. With a moderate wet season predicted this means our golden sands should be in for a solid run on the fish for some time to come.

Offshore the reef fishing has probably been at its low point for the year but still there has been some really handy offerings on the table. There is not one particular species dominating proceedings but rather a real mixed bag of fish. As it often occurs at this time of year it is more about quality rather than quantity. Coral trout, small and large mouth nannygai, cobia, gold spot trevally, reef jack, stripies, moses perch and red emperor have all had a part to play and the esky at the end of the day is an array of different colours. There has been the need to shift around a bit more to acquire satisfactory numbers but it has been made up with the size of some of these fish. The Spanish mackerel have been a bit sparse of late but there has been pockets of schools working deep pinnacles out in the open paddocks and trolling methods have worked best covering the ground till they are found. Overall the change of the tides have paid dividends and a day on the reef is still well worth the effort.

For the next month or so we’ll be monitoring the amount of rain we receive and fingers crossed it is not too much or too little. To date it has been right on the money.

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