Weekly Report 12 Jan 14

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Weekly Report 12 Jan 14

Post by Brad » Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:34 am

The Christmas and New Year period proved to be an absolute scorcher in the weather department and it was mostly associated with idyllic boating conditions, albeit a bit hot under the collar. This offered ample opportunity to explore the vast angling opportunities we have on offer in Far North Queensland. The fishing generally was above par for this time of year considering hot, calm days on end can have a negative effect on the fishing at times.

The reef fishing proved to be so ever popular with the locals and the numerous visitors to the region making the most of the fantastic conditions. Overall the reef provided some handy fishing at times and the coral trout remained the staple catch for many. Steve Adamson of Dragon Lady Charters said they've managed to secure good numbers of trout on most occasions over the festive period and you've had to fish that bit deeper for them during the hot weather. He mentioned they had some productive days on the large nannygai as well which was pleasing for this time of year. There's been a solid run on a variety of trevally and they've been incredibly thick at times.

There's also been plenty of sweetlip and moses perch to top up a day's catch as well. The Spanish mackerel have been around in numbers and the floating rig at the back of the boat has blown off some steam on a consistent basis. Steve said it has been one of the better Christmas periods in recent years but made it clear that it has been extremely hot and thirsty work. He reckons some days were absolutely suffocating with little breeze to speak of and the afternoon sun was seriously warm.

On the coastal scene there's been some solid action on a variety of levels. Jake Wyatt of Port Douglas Sportfishing says he's had excellent success on the mangrove jack in recent times up the estuary and the inshore reefs have also provided some good fishing mainly in the name of small mouth nannygai, bar cheek trout, tuna and mackerel. There's been quite a bit of bait on top of the reefs and this has led to some great fishing for giant trevally by launching and retrieving big poppers through the surface action. On the outer edge of the shelf there's been continued action on the black marlin at times with action on Spanish mackerel, dolphin fish and yellowfin
tuna remaining steady.

Rain and thunderstorms are on the radar in the near future so carefully decide if you are looking to go offshore. The rain will be a welcome relief after a sizzling period and will hopefully spark the coastal river systems to another level.

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