Report 2/11/18

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Report 2/11/18

Post by subeditor » Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:26 am

It seemed like the windy winter would never end but the shackles were released from the start of August and the weather pattern has settled nicely in the tropics. It has opened up a lot more opportunity and choice for anglers whether it be fishing out of a tinny or cruising around in a luxury boat.

After a tedious run of cool, windy months the natural tendency has been to take to the blue highway and hit the coastal and offshore reefs. With the sun on your back and nice smooth seas there’s better way to spend a day.

For those heading to the reef to be honest the fishing has been red hot at times with all the prized reef species chomping away down below with the added bonus of Spanish mackerel concentrating in the same areas on the surface. There has been some incredible pay days coming back into the docks in recent weeks with recreational charter boats registering up to 40 large and small mouth nannygai, multiple big red emperor accompanied by others including lots of coral trout, gold spot trevally and other bits and pieces. The good weather has allowed them to hit the deeper marks in open waters which hadn’t been accessed for awhile due to the adverse conditions. The only quiet patch of fishing coincided around the full moon period (blood moon) and was assisted with a run of sharks, but once this passed it was straight back into the thick of things. Interestingly though the bite has been concentrated and the turn of the tide seems to be the main trigger. That’s when you should be at your most desired location for the day. As mentioned there has been a decent run of Spanish mackerel on the outer reef with pressure points of the major reef systems providing the best action. Closer to home inshore reefs and wrecks are also holding some Spanish mackerel along with school and spotted mackerel. The wrecks are also holding a wide range of trevally species, some of which you need to look up in the fishing guide book to identify them.

Just south of Port Douglas the wide grounds are paying dividends on the small black marlin and catches have really picked up in the last couple of weeks. The bait is there and so are the billfish. Again a run of better weather has meant far better access to this area.
Within our coastal rivers and creeks we have seen the water temperature creep up to 24 degrees which is a calling card for the likes of barra, mangrove jack and fingermark to start getting active. In the coming month we should see these summer species combine with the winter fish offering a bit more variety in the calmer waters. With better conditions on offer the tides should provide superior water clarity and those that like there soft plastic and lure fishing should be in for a treat. Barra, jacks, fingermark, queenfish and trevally are all possibilities at the moment.

With a new season comes new offerings and you won’t find a more varied fishery anywhere with a multitude of fish for the taking than in tropical Far North Queensland.
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Re: Report 2/11/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:33 pm

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