Weekly Report 3 Aug 09

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Weekly Report 3 Aug 09

Post by Brad » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:10 am

Conditions of late can be best described as very challenging. Strong wind warnings have been the order of the day as the trade mark south-easterly breezes take a strangle hold. There has been the occasional boat or charter brave enough to tackle the wild seas offshore and reports from these have been slim pickings. Bottom fishing has been next to impossible with anchor dragging a common problem in the blustery conditions. Being able to hang on target on allocated marks has been hampered by big swells and choppy seas.

Vessels which have enjoyed minimal success offshore have employed trailing tactics rolling in and out of the surf and have managed to catch Spanish mackerel. The rough weather doesn't seem to bother these species even though most catches have been just legal of late.This has left no option for many but to take on our rivers and estuaries which at times can also be a challenge at this time of year. The most impressive reports are filtering through from the Daintree River with good numbers of 1m plus queenfish coming into the system on the incoming tides. Drifting live sardines in the channel or casting surface poppers have accounted for these awesome sportfish. A one metre queenfish will be forever etched in your mind if you are lucky enough to latch onto one. Their powerful aerial displays are jaw dropping material as they cartwheel across the surface.

Other reports from the Daintree include grunter across the flats on fresh dead strip baits and fresh peeled prawn are still accounting for a few decent snub nosed dart at the entrance sand flats and into the estuary. Pound for pound the snub nosed dart (or permit) are close to being the most powerful animal with fins in our region and are considered by some as a sporting holy grail especially when they exceed 5kg and more. Other than this most of our local systems are accounting for our winter bread and butter species such as bream, flathead, grunter, queenfish, trevally and estuary cod. Many days have been a hard slog and for consistent action sometimes you are better concentrating on catching your bream etc...
around structure using simple peeled prawn. Let's hope the weather will settle down, many of us are already having withdrawal symptoms from not being able to hit the blue highway.

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