Weekly Report 26 Sep 12

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Weekly Report 26 Sep 12

Post by Brad » Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:34 pm

The region has been kissed by the weather gods and this good fortune looks like to continue in the near future. It's been idyllic boating conditions and the fishing reports have been good as well. Reel Chase charters secured the first marlin of the heavy tackle season fishing on the shelf with a 200lb specimen caught in the past week. There have been a couple of other sightings out wide but nothing much else. The consolation has been the good numbers of yellowfin tuna on the marlin grounds up to the 15kg mark. Saltaire Charters finished off their light tackle season with a 200lb black marlin as well fishing the juvenile marlin grounds south east of Port Douglas. There are still a couple of small blacks remaining but they are due to migrate south down the coast any day as the water temperatures continue to rise. It been one hell of a season though on the small black marlin.

On the reef the reports have been mostly consistent and the big improver has been the highly sorted coral trout. Dragon Lady have been securing these in handsome numbers and sizes up to 5kg and Skipper Steve predicted that they would come on the bite as their feeding habitats have gradually become more aggressive. There was a 3-4 day period where they really came on the chew. There's been some thumping large mouth up to 12kg return on the docks as well as red emperor, cobia and a few Spanish mackerel. Overall the reef has been fishing well according to a few sources.

Closer to home Snapper Island is seeing more and more Spanish mackerel dominating these waters with the occasional grey mackerel floating about. The beaches have certainly gone up a gear and I know of a couple of reports where the barra are congregating and there's been models up to 90cm being caught on a regular basis. The rivers are firing better in most departments with barra, fingermark, mangrove jack, trevally and queenfish showing up more consistently. No doubt the good tides with clean salt water flowing in and out is contributing to this factor.

Line Burner TV is up to series 9 this next week with an action packed show showcasing big Gt popper fishing on the Saltaire vessel. Tune into Foxtel Channel 183 on Monday at 8.30pm, Tuesday 5pm, Thursday 8pm and Friday at 5.30pm. http://www.fishingportdouglas.com.au Heff: 0409 610 869

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