Report Thur 14th Dec 06

Lynton 'Heff' Heffer
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Report Thur 14th Dec 06

Post by Brad » Fri Dec 15, 2006 4:45 am

After such a promising start to the month, the weather has returned to its normal self, being very windy and wet (for this year anyway). This has put a halt to offshore activity before the reef closure began on the 14th December. There will be no reports on the reef until after the 22nd when the closure finishes.

A few game boats have been venturing to the Linden Bank with the odd 300-400lb black marlin making their trip worthwhile. It has been a very inconsistent marlin season, however skippers believe there will be action out wide for a few more weeks to come. There is still wahoo and dolphin on the shelf, though sizes and numbers have dwindled considerably.

Inshore the rivers and creeks continue to produce good batches of mangrove jack amongst the snags, and the deeper holes are producing queenfish and tarpon on the top of the tide. As many days have been overcast, the action has continued for most of the daylight hours. Fishing the turn of the tide has been the critical time to fish hard, and live mullet and sardines have been the best baits to use.

Fishing the flats using fresh dead prawns or mullet strips has been worthwhile for grunter, especially on the rising tide. Their numbers are thick and there is the odd stonker (55cm plus) amongst the many smaller varieties. Expect to pick up a few sharks, stingrays and barracuda whilst targeting these species. Use 4-6kg line on a running sinker, with a 10-15kg leader, for some sporting fun.

Wait for the good weather to return and the beaches should fire again, with jelly prawn hatches on the go. Fly fishos have the best chance to get amongst the tarpon, queenfish and trevally which target this rich food source. Early morning on the rising tide is best and southern Four Mile Beach is red hot on calm days.

Lynton (Heff) Heffer
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