Weekly Report 25 Jul 13

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Weekly Report 25 Jul 13

Post by Brad » Thu Jul 25, 2013 1:29 pm

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After an extended lay off due to persistent winds the last week of good weather was warmly welcomed by everyone. The bad news is that this again has changed and we are looking at another stint of windy conditions with no real end to it at this stage. During the recent calm spell the fishing started off slowly but really gathered momentum over the weekend a few days prior to the full moon. The reef catches were quite staggering with local charter vessels Dragon Lady and Saltaire encountering catches of 40 and 30 plus large mouth nannygai respectively on one particular day.

The fishing around this period was above par each day with catch rates being more than generous. Other species to get in on the action were plump sized coral trout, good numbers of spangled emperor, reef jack, cobia and there was a good supply of Spanish mackerel around the local waters as well. Dragon Lady Skipper Steve Adamson said for a few days there they were kept super busy on the deck trying clear the deck of fish as they kept on rolling in. He went on to say that these type of days is what it is all about especially when you consider the weather was so pleasant as well.

Saltaire Skipper Damian Collete said the days leading into the full moon were also very productive and they spent a lot of time chasing down the Spanish mackerel which were in solid numbers further north of Port Douglas. They also had one absolute red hot session on the nannygai which he reiterated was a crazy time on the decks. The only downside that he found was the popper fishing for giant trevally was not firing and he put this down to the lack of bait around where he fished. He said you can't have it your way all the time in this caper.

Closer to home Port Douglas Sportfishing reported that they've been seeing some action on the incoming tides with trevally, queenfish and grunter coming through closer to the river/ creek mouths. On the outgoing tides amongst the snags and mangroves upstream there's been reasonable numbers of mangrove, a few estuary cod and the good old bream is still firing on all cylinders. Let's hope these trade mark south easterly winds can fizzle out quickly so we can get back out on the blue water where the action at times is fast and furious.

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