Weekly Report 15 Aug 12

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Weekly Report 15 Aug 12

Post by Brad » Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:49 pm

Hello and welcome to world of Fishing in Port Douglas.

In recent times we've seen the weather pattern stabilise to a certain degree and we are generally experiencing sunny days with associated winds between the 10 - 20 knot mark. This has afforded the opportunity for most to get out amongst it at some point whether it be on the blue highway or up one of our local inshore systems. Probably the most favoured form of fishing at the moment has been a trip to the reef in search of a feed of fish and results have been somewhat patchy at times. According to Dragon Lady Charters one day the fishing is hot and then the next is more challenging.

They are consistently marking lots of bait schools every trip but it doesn't always equate to solid results. The days when everything has gone to plan and they've been able to avoid the shark population as well, they have returned home with good hauls of large mouth nannygai to 8kg, plump sized coral trout between the 3-5kg range and a range of gold spot and golden trevally. Other species to add to the collection have been cobia, reef mangrove jack, slatey bream, moses perch, stripeys and some cracking Spanish mackerel caught on the floating pilchard. Skipper Steve Adamson says it has been a little frustrating but every day is different and tomorrow might be the day when you hit the mother load.

On the light tackle scene using 15kg stand up gear Saltaire Charters had a blinder recently managing a small black marlin of about 50kg, a sailfish of about 35kg and half a dozen big Spanish mackerel to top off a great day. Skipper Damian Collete says it's great to see the small black marlin population back in the area having been slow the last couple of light tackle seasons. Local vessel Kyrenia skippered by last year's Port Douglas Marlin Challenge winner, Damon Grusdev has also had good luck on the small black marlin fishing the wide grounds between Port Douglas and Cairns.

Closer to home, there are still good reports of grey mackerel around the Snapper Island region with a few more Spanish getting into the action. The secret weapon is trolling around the old fashioned spoon lure which is out fishing any other presentation by a country mile. Early morning starts before the winds come up is the ideal time to target this area. With sun out and about, this has assisted activity in the local creeks and rivers. There have been a variety of fish on the bite according to guide Christian Webb of Trinity Sport Fishing including bream, estuary cod, javelin fish, sickle fish, mangrove jack, trevally, queenfish and now a few more barras are prepared to have a go at certain times. As the days go by and the water temperatures gradually increase Christian believes barra catches will become more common along with better catches of fingermark and mangrove jack.

Don't forget to tune in every Monday night at 8.30pm on Foxtel/ Austar Channel 183 to watch the locally produced Line Burner TV program showcasing the wonderful world of fishing in Far North Queensland. If you'd like to tap into the best in the business look us up on the web or feel free to call.

Cheers Heff
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