Weekly Report 5 Oct 10

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Weekly Report 5 Oct 10

Post by Brad » Tue Oct 05, 2010 4:29 pm

What a disastrous week we've just experienced in terms of weather and what our visitors had to endure during the school holiday period. Cyclonic winds and driving rain reminded me exactly of what we normally receive in the midst of the wet season. Sure we've seen some wind at this time of year in the past, but the rainfall has be extraordinary. Consequently offshore trips have been kept to a minimum and restricted to only larger vessels. Reports coming back from these trips however have been on the downside with a smattering of catches recorded and nothing much worth writing back to home about. There was reports of some of the game boats recording longtail tuna and mackerel whilst trolling but they were heavily restricted to fishing behind the protection of reefs and could not access the shelf in search of the bigger models.

Inshore has been a bit more promising with some good encounters of big barra being tangled with up on the Daintree River. They have been partial to live bait and that bit of fresh water coming into the system has kicked them into gear. They have been caught amongst the snags in the deep holes which occur on the bends. Other than this there have been bits and pieces caught in other systems along the coast including mangrove jack, estuary cod, grunter, trevally and medium sized queenfish. The big afternoon tides associated with the wind and rain has made proceedings a lot tougher overall and there has not been a lot of joy. Taking a rain coat has been mandatory of late and this pretty much sums up we stand at the moment.

Looking ahead, the winds should moderate slightly and one would expect the showers to be around. We are in the middle of our first reef closure which is applicable through to Saturday so there will be no reef fishing action. The rivers and creeks are open to fishing as is game fishing offshore for pelagic species. This is where the majority of next week's report will come from. If you are looking to get amongst the serious action on offer give us a call...........

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