Weeklly Report 10 Apr 13

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Weeklly Report 10 Apr 13

Post by Brad » Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:26 pm

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Currently we are looking at some prickly weather conditions particular for offshore enthusiasts and associated rain as well. It's been like this for nearly a week and the light at the end of the tunnel seems to be over the latter stages of the weekend. Prior to this however the outer reef fishing was firing on all cylinders nicely as some impressive catches of fish were recorded. Steve of Dragon Lady Charters said there were a few days in a row when the weather was settled that they tapped into the large mouth nannygai with regularity.

A lot of the time they weren't your super sized models but there were consistent numbers around the 50-55cmcm mark which as a single fish are perfect for the plate. He also said that during this period of good weather they also sourced some quality coral trout in good numbers with the average size being around the 3-4kg range. Other species to front up included gold spot trevally, sweetlip, reef jack and slatey bream. As for the moment he's been stuck in the harbour until the finer conditions return. He does believe however the stale fishing of the previous warmer months has well and truly passed us by.

Despite the challenges offshore the river reports are ticking along and James Beitzel's On the Daintree Fishing Charters has had a consistent week on the fingermark fishing his deeper marks and he says that he's still managing to source quite a few barra as well in the estuary parts of the system. Being a much dryer wet season than normal he is still hoping for a big flush out which will put the river in better shape for future months. Having just come back from the Lockhart River system up north, much the same can said up there as they have only received a fraction of the rain they normally get and the fishing has been tougher than usual according to the locals.

We caught quite a few fish but it wasn't firing as expected for such a remote location and you can read more about this in next month's Line Burner magazine. All in all though Lockhart with its associated reefs and very stunning river system is definitely a place worth making the adventure to. Hopefully the weather can improve in the short term so that all facets of our fishing paradise can be explored in with comfort.

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