Weekly Report 9 Dec 13

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Weekly Report 9 Dec 13

Post by Brad » Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:21 pm

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The wet season vibe continued over the past week with solid rainfalls within the region and some recent associated gusty winds made fishing conditions challenging to say the least. Outside of the trying periods there were some calm seas to contend with and the most impressive news came from the game fishing fleets which experienced another burst of marlin activity on our local grounds. Local vessel Reel Chase had a blinder on a recent trip successfully tagging some absolute monster fish catching 7 fish in 5 days and losing a few as well. According to Skipper Brett they had one on that went close to the biggest fish he'd ever laid eyes on and it was a beast of a fish. However when the winds peaked at the start of the week not too many boats were keen to be out on the open waters and the reports dropped off.

On the reef itself the news has been up and down with no particular species dominating catches. Aboard the Dragon Lady vessel they've returned home with a mixed bags of fish including large mouth, coral trout, sweetlip, moses perch, stripeys, trevally, spangled emperor and cod species. Skipper Steve aid the fishing was okay in the mornings but when the tide turned in the afternoon everything seemed to shut down. He said that all this could change very quickly at this time of year and the bite time might be something completely different in the coming week.

Over the coming weekend Port Douglas has 3 vessels represented in the Cairns Ladies Ribbons Tournament - Dragon Lady, Saltaire & Reel Chase. This year sees an astonishing 45 boats entered and this event continues to grow in statue every year. It is the biggest female tournament in Australia which is a one day tournament and the Fancy Dress sail past on the first morning is one of the highlights of the day. There are quite a few categories up for grabs and no doubt the ladies will have a fantastic time as they always do. The skippers and crews enjoy the event as it is a bit of a celebration to mark the end of the heavy tackle season. The winds will be moderate over the weekend with a few showers forecasted but it won't be enough to dampen the outcome of the tournament.

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