Weekly Report 9 Dec 08

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Weekly Report 9 Dec 08

Post by Brad » Tue Dec 09, 2008 6:07 pm

Game: after a quiet spell due to super calm conditions and light northerly breezes, things have changed with a switch to south easterly breezes. Everyone had given up on the marlin calling the season over, however there are still fish around up to 600lb. Latest reports indicate 2-3 strikes per day which is a lot better than what it has been offered. The yellowfin tuna have made a re-appearance on the shelf thus re-igniting the marlin scene. Outer reefs are still offering good spanish mackerel fishing on the troll.

Reef: Pleasant conditions and neapish tides have seen certain charters do extremely well on the nannygai (large mouth). Mixed in are a variety of trevally species, red emperor and sweetlip. The coral trout are still biting well in shallower waters around 20m deep. With reef closures lifted over the Christmas period bookings are coming in fast, so book ahead to avoid disappointment.

River: As the calm, hot days extended the fishing became harder. The night time offered more in the way of fingermark, jack, tarpon and incidental barra catches. The river mouths have been reasonably productive on incoming tides for trevally, queenfish and smaller barracuda. Low light periods are critical times to concentrate efforts. There is plenty of bait around and catching a few livies has been easier. With a bit of rain forecast, this will ignite what has been a hot and often stagnant fishery at the moment.

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