Weekly Report 7 Dec 09

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Weekly Report 7 Dec 09

Post by Brad » Mon Dec 07, 2009 4:11 pm

It is great to see that the weather has settled down after a blustery weekend which dished up some very ordinary boating conditions offshore. Over the weekend I took part in the Lady's Ribbons Tournament out of Cairns aboard the Dragon Lady and the Saturday we fished was under the toughest of conditions. The weather bureau miscalculated their forecast and we were exposed to 25-30 knots for most of the day. We battled on, as did most of the boats and sourced some nice wahoo, tuna and barracuda for the day. Our efforts saw us finish midfield with the top two winning boats scoring a sailfish each amongst other fish to battle it out for top honors. The social charity event had it 26th consecutive running and to the teams of girls and ladies who participated they did a fantastic job in adverse conditions.

Locally when the weather was calm there were some very impressive catches on our nearby wrecks and reefs with large mouth nannygai, trevallies, bar cheek trout and cobia completing an excellent haul of fish. Sourcing big live sardines as bait has been the key to bigger success. Further offshore many locals completed overnight trips and were rewarded with some spectacular reds and large mouth nannygai. It is a great time of year for overnight boating in the right conditions but do heed to storm activity warnings because they can whip up in short time and have you in all sorts of bother. Other species to filter through from local charter boats have included sweetlip, gold spot trevally, coral trout to 6kg and cod species.

Inshore the fishing is good but you have to prepared to accept that it will be tough work in very hot and humid conditions. Reports over the past week have been dominated by catches of mangrove jack amongst the snags, some cracking fingermark in the deeper sections and also a lot of smaller trevally which are feeding on juvenile bait fish. The barra catches continue near the entrance to river and creek mouths but alas they must be released due to the closed season. There has also been barra catches recorded along our beaches with the odd blue salmon as well on those incoming tides in the late afternoon.
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