Weekly Report 29 Aug 13

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Weekly Report 29 Aug 13

Post by Brad » Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:35 pm

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The week gone by has seen moderate winds with associated rain squalls sweep across the region. This has consistently produced 15-20 knot winds allowing only the larger vessels to head offshore and keeping the smaller brigade closer to home. The reef reports have been a little bit more patchy this week firing up leading into the full moon and then tapering off following it. Skipper Steve Adamson said the fishing was red hot over the weekend with copious amounts of large mouth nannygai caught in good numbers and sizes and then catch rates dropped off following the moon. The last few days have seen them post a mixed bag of fish including coral trout, sweetlip, cod, slatey bream and moses perch.

In saying this the winds were a bit more stronger and he mentioned they were forced to fish in more protected waters which does limit what you can catch. He further said that a lot of undersized coral trout were caught in the shallower waters and questioned as to whether the commercial fleet had been busy picking off numbers of fish in recent times. After a good run of weather he believes the coming weekend will see the end of it for the meantime with winds freshening considerably.

On the inshore scene there's been moments of really good fishing according to Jake Wyatt of Port Douglas Sportfishing. He said they've had some great sessions with a few species consistently on the bite at the moment including mangrove jack, trevally and grunter. He has noticed a few more barra rolling over to presentations without hooking up which is a promising sign and he expects them to switch into proper feeding mode as the days start to really warm up. His best sessions have been on lure where they've sourced big schools of blue salmon in a local system and they were eager to play. Double hook-ups were the norm and Jake said they are definitely a fantastic sporting fish to take on as they take to the air and provide powerful runs peeling off line. Looking ahead a bout of river or creek fishing might be the thing to do whilst the winds return threaten to blow for a few days.

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