Weekly Report 31 Jul 13

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Weekly Report 31 Jul 13

Post by Brad » Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:04 pm

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After another extended windy period which lasted for well over a week we are now seeing calmer conditions on our doorstep - finally! Friday and Saturday look like the picks to be out on the water before they are predicting winds to strengthen moderately. There has been a mad rush by visitors trying to secure places on the charter boats for these couple of days.

Fishing reports have been thin for the reef with operators just hitting the water again in the last day or two. Coral trout have been the staple catch along with an array of reef species including moses perch, spangled emperor, stripeys, sweetlip, cods and gold spot trevally. There has been a few mackerel caught on the floating rigs which is a good sign if you are looking to head out to the reef in the next couple of days looking for a feed of Spanish mackerel. Steve Adamson of Dragon Lady Charters says it has been a rough trot in the weather department over the past month and the fish have had plenty of time left alone. He's hoping for some really good fishing over the next couple of days where they should be able to fish their preferred deep hangs targeting large mouth nannygai and red emperor.

In the rivers and creeks local guides have been kept relatively busy as it has been the only option to wet a line of late. According to Jake Wyatt of Port Douglas Sportfishing he says the local estuary has seen quite a few mangrove jack landed of late along with mid sized trevally, smaller queenfish, juvenile fingermark and plenty of fat prime bream. Up on the Daintree River Jamie Beitzel says he's been getting into some nice sized golden trevally across the flats and there's been a bit of activity mid stream for trevally and the odd monster queenfish. All parties are looking to access a bit of blue water action over the next couple of days and I'm guessing there will be a strong contingency of locals out there as well.

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