Weekly Report 13 Oct 09

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Weekly Report 13 Oct 09

Post by Brad » Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:28 am

The glory days continue in the Far North with some impressive reports in the local area. With the best sea conditions in years the local game fleets are making hay whilst the sun is shining and conjuring up quite a few big marlin out on the continental shelf. There are encounters with the mega sized 1000lb marlin with plenty not far behind. Double hook-ups have occurred, many have been tagged whilst others have smoked them away. There is a good mixture of smaller versus larger marlin, all there to socialise and breed, so if you are ever contemplating having a crack at this level, this year seems to be your best chance.

On the reef in the past week the roed up trout stopped biting in readiness to spawn. As we speak, these trout will be now spawning during the current reef closures from 15th-19th October. After these dates you'd expect to the trout to be really hungry and they tend to feed ravenously, so a trip is worthwhile to catch a few. other consistent species to be off loaded from the charter boats included sweetlip, some really nice red emperor, smatterings of small mouth nannygai and some big trevally species. Coral Reef Fin Species cannot be caught during the closure phase which realistically only leaves you fishing for pelagics as your only viable option if heading to the reef. This is not a bad option as there are mackerel and mack and longtail tuna not too far further out in good numbers. There is a good supply of bait on the inside of the outer reef and trailing lures or casting metal slugs into a feeding frenzy is awesome fun.

Our inshore fisheries have seen some action of late with some nice blue salmon claimed on both southern Four Mile Beach and Cooya Beach. The Daintree River is providing some really handsome fingermark of late with some solid grunter taken across the estuary flats. The Mossman River has registered a few big barra but I'm sworn to secrecy of the exact whereabouts, and there are tarpon and trevally patrolling the deeper holes further upstream. The Dickson Inlet has seen trevally, queenfish and tarpon moving right upstream on the incoming tides. Despite the Reef Closures there is still plenty of serious action to get amongst, so give us a call.

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