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Weekly Report 20 Jun 13

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:44 am
by Brad
http://www.fishingportdouglas.com.au Phone: 0409 610 869
Overall we have experienced some rather conducive conditions to take advantage of our angling world in what we all call paradise.
The reef reports have been pumping out at a rate of knots and the general consensus has been quite positive from all accounts. Dragon Lady Charters have been registering a lot of coral trout over the past week ranging from just legal in size up to the 3-4kg range on the better models. There hasn't been a shortage on these highly sort after table fish. The large mouth nannygai have rolled along steadily with the biggest fish coming back to the docks at 8kg.

Skipper Steve said the average size for the week has been around the 4-5kg and there continues to be a mixed bag of sizes with the schools they have been tapping into. The outstanding catches for the week have include an 8kg red emperor, a monster 10kg reef mangrove jack which had a couple of kilo of flesh missing from a love bite from a shark and super 25kg Spanish mackerel caught on the floating rig. Steve commented that they have been picking up Spanish mackerel with regularity on the floating rig over recent times. The only downside has been a contingency of sharks at times which has cut down catch rates by about a 1/3rd on the odd day.

Saltaire Charters have been out on the troll for Spanish mackerel over the last few days and reported they turned reels for most of the day. The mackerel they registered were mostly legal in size and up to the 8kg range and there were plenty of sharky mackerel on the bite as well. The main bonus was that the anglers were kept busy on the reel during the course of the day and the Halco lures were irresistible.

Around the inshore scene there are good reports of mud crabs being caught by the local contingency and the inshore rubble patches and reefs are holding schools of mackerel on the calm days. There was a cracking cobia around the 20lb mark caught by visiting angler Aaron Lynch off the Sugar Wharf again with nice clean water coming in on the rising tide. It was enticed by a live sardine and was a great effort especially being caught from a jetty.

There may be a bit of wind around over the weekend but nothing too damaging. The town will be pumping with tourists with the up and coming school holidays and let's hope the weather God's on our side. Congratulations to the AFL Crocs on their 25th year anniversary this weekend. It should be a massive game on Saturday down at the Croc Pit with plenty of celebrations on the go.