Report Mon 5 March

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Report Mon 5 March

Post by Brad » Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:21 pm

Typical wet season conditions have slowed down the fishing activity. Strengthening winds and dirty water are a couple of conditions anglers are having to battle.

Offshore, conditions have been reasonable once you get out there amongst the protection of the reefs. Bottom bashers have been reporting a mixed bag of fish including coral trout, sweetlip, trevallies and spangled emperor. Fishing the deeper water for nannygai etc.. has been a task in just managing to anchor.

Inshore anglers have pursued with mixed results. There are some good reports coming from the Daintree upper reaches where there have been smaller barra, jacks and tarpon working small creek run offs. Low tide has been the best time to fish these areas. Other systems are reporting estuary cod, mangrove jack and plenty of grunter on the chew. A couple of days is required after a big down pour to allow things to settle.

For the land based angler the beaches have been un-fishable, however the residential Reef Park ponds in Port Douglas are producing tarpon, mangrove jack and the odd barra. Being able to pull up in your car, catch some decent live bait and being able to wet a line immediately certainly has a lot of appeal at the moment.

With a series of low pressure systems due to enter the coral sea one after the other, we'll be all keeping a close eye as to whether they form into cyclones.

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