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I've just come back from a 5 day trip along the coast to Cooktown and back and was able to get a good grasp as to what has been biting in between locations. On the reefs and coastal islands the coral trout have been staple catches as they are spawning in the shallows. Sweetlip, stripeys, queenfish and trevally are also mixing up the action. Our next and final reef closure is between 3rd-11th December. Spanish mackerel can also be trolled up in the mornings along reef edges and you'll also find big Gt's on the pressure points of reefs. The game fishing action is red hot off the shelf and despite a slow start to the heavy tackle season, operators are now sourcing bigger marlin up to 1000lb. The Ribbon Reefs are in full swing and Linden Banks has just started to fire up closer to Port Douglas. There are plenty of wahoo, dolphin fish and yellowfin tuna to enjoy on stand up gear. The rivers have certainly gone a up a touch with a variety of fish on the go. Big queenfish to a metre are entering bigger systems on the morning incoming tides. The barra are very active on the bottom of the tide but remember they are now in closed season until February and must be released. The mangrove jack has also gone up a gear and are very aggressive on the first parts of the outgoing tide, they've been caught up to 50cm. Fingermark are also biting well on the top of the tide in deeper holes which hold some form of structure. Blue salmon are active across the flats and beaches on an incoming tide - low light periods are best times. The beaches at first light are ideal for fly fisherman with plenty of smaller queenfish and dart on the go.
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