Weekly Report 15 Oct 08

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Weekly Report 15 Oct 08

Post by Brad » Wed Oct 15, 2008 5:58 am

Currently we are undergoing some pretty heavy weather conditions not normally associated with October weather, which are usually very favourable. The month started off well in pleasant conditions but we'll concentrate on happy days leading up to the weathering storm we are going through.

Game Fishing: The world known Lizard Island Game Tournament was successful for our local fleet with Skipper Tim Ryan aboard Reel Ripe placing our best result at 6th place, our other vessels Watchdog & Iona2 were not to far behind on a countback system. It was not a normal classic tournament for the amount of fish being caught overall by the dozens of big craft that entered. Conditions started calmly without much run in the tide and as the tide gathered momentum so did the bad weather. Thus it was a mixed tournament. Full details are yet to be recovered but it sounds likes all crew involved had a wonderful time. It appears there is much more action from our local waters off Opal Ridge & Linden Bank with Dragon Lady, The Joker, Reel Screamer and Watchdog experiencing more consistent action on a day to day basis. Each year differs to some degree and this is no exception. All we know is that we offer the best game fishing in the southern hemisphere, it's a case of striking it lucky on the turf you choose. Our local game season should run hot for the 2 months.

Reef Fishing: Coral Trout, coral trout - hungry and easy pickings in the right areas if you're in the know. This will continue and once a fish has spawned it becomes child's play. Other species to filter through have included some nice hauls of nannygai on given days, smatterings of spangled emperor, red emperor and sweetlip. Trevally species can turn up at any deeper hang to cause some major chaos. The fishing overall is still quite good but the coral trout is your staple catch - great value!

River/ Inshore: up until the bad weather pushing through some dirty water there were solid reports of mangrove jack and ever increasing tallies of barramundi being scored. The barra a now partial to bigger live baits as they have a healthy appetite. With a massive batch of fingerling fish & prawn bait in the local systems, you'll find trevally and queenfish of juvenile size growing bigger by the day, they are very active all day long. There are some good prawns to be caught deep into our systems and are classic bait. Water temperatures are at an optimum for all species, all we need is break in the weather to make it all come fruition.

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