Weekly Report 30 Aug 12

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Weekly Report 30 Aug 12

Post by Brad » Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:38 am

The region was blessed with some magical weather over the week gone by and it gave many the opportunity to hit the blue highway. Again the biggest news was the impressive results captured by the game fishing fleet in the Bluewater Fitzroy island tournament over the weekend. 28 vessels vied for bragging rights and collectively they tagged and released 130 small black marlin over the 3 day event. These are astonishing figures and those who have been around for a long period said there's been nothing like this since the early 1990's and it's great to the juvenile marlin back in such solid numbers. Local vessels Saltaire and Kyrenia featured strongly managing 10 black marlin between themselves. Everyone is hoping this translates to a cracking heavy tackle season for the bigger models in the next month or so.

On the reef there have been mixed results with the best action occurring on the outgoing tide. Once the incoming tides take hold the current is streaking to the south resulting in lines being taken underneath vessels and it also makes it challenging to anchor on marks. In saying this the prime times have seen some cracking results with big large mouth coming over the side in good numbers and this has been backed up with some nice coral trout and trevally species according to Dragon Lady Charters.

James Beitzel's On the Daintree Fishing Charters reports that there are more, more Spanish mackerel arriving around the Snapper Island region and now are starting to dominate the grey mackerel species which have been prolific of late. This is exciting news for the small tinny brigade looking for a feed of prime mackerel. The river itself is fishing well with more barra enjoying the warmer weather and there good numbers of queenfish and trevally prepared to travel right into the river system up to the ferry where the fresh and saltwater meet. The estuary sections of the Daintree have been productive for fingermark and mangrove jacks so there's been solid action along the entire stretch of the system.

Folk's don't forget to tune into the local Line Burner Fishing TV program on Monday nights at 8.30pm on Channel 183 Foxtel/ Austar. This next show's how a female angler can mix it with the best on our local marlin grounds.

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