Weekly Report 1 Oct 13

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Weekly Report 1 Oct 13

Post by Brad » Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:21 pm

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The good times and the good weather have continued over the past week and the offshore scene in particular has enjoyed some very bright moments. There's been a bit more movement on the light tackle scene with good catches of a variety of pelagics on the bite from your inshore reefs right out to the shelf. Coastal reefs have seen some hefty numbers of school mackerel move through and in tow have been some northern bluefin tuna as well. Poppers, metals slices and hard body lures dragged in front of their noses have come under heavy scrutiny. On the outer reefs the northern bluefin tuna schools have made their presence felt as well and there's been a bit more activity on the Spanish mackerel. In both cases the turmoil they create on the surface chasing down bait schools will tell you where you should be fishing.

At times the tuna in particular can be flighty but from reports they have been full on into feeding mode at times which makes approaching the school a damn lot easier. The pelagic form continues on the edge of the shelf with good numbers of yellowfin tuna roaming up and down cobalt waters. There are some big Spanish mackerel and wahoo out there as well and with this sort of activity it will be a beacon for the marlin to follow. The marlin are out there in small numbers but not in mass quite yet and this will change very soon one would expect.

Speaking of marlin, the 2013 Port Douglas Marlin Challenge is only a month away and there is a lot of interest this year with quite a few new boats ready to join the action. Word of mouth has it that this a very social tournament and is gaining more and more interest by the year. We'll keep you posted with updates as the tournament approaches. A bit of breeze is expected over the weekend but nothing too damaging at this point. Just a reminder we are currently undergoing reef closures until midnight Sunday 6th October.

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