Weekly Report 9 May 14

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Weekly Report 9 May 14

Post by Brad » Fri May 09, 2014 9:32 am

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For the first time in a long time we experienced a good run in the weather department in the past week. The winds remained moderate but we saw a string of days with bright sunshine and the hint that the dry season is basically upon us.

The winds probably kept most small craft closer to shore recently but the bigger charter boats have enjoyed a solid run on charters heading to the outer reef. The reports coming back from the docks indicated that there was a variety of fish on the chew including your targeted species such as coral trout and nannygai but also there was a real mixed bag of other species. These included reef mangrove jack, spangled emperor, tea-leaf trevally by the dozens, stripeys, tomato cod, tusk fish and moses perch just to name a few. There's also been a few Spanish mackerel around during those neap tides we saw recently which was a bonus and now with a bit run in the tide they should be around in better numbers.

In our local Dickson Inlet estuary local guide Christian Webb says he still punching out some handy numbers on the barra and his belief is that they keep biting for a little while longer. Late afternoon using live mullet is still producing good results with the best action occurring on the rising tide. A bit further north on the Daintree sources are saying there are some good golden trevally up near the entrance and the flats are seeing some good action on the grunter.

Late last week we saw another jelly prawn hatch explode on the southern foreshore of Four Mile Beach. For a couple of mornings there were hundreds of fish cashing in on this delicacy including hordes of tarpon, queenfish, trevally and few resident barra as well. It's been a good post wet season run along the beaches for this sudden burst of activity and the key is nice calm weather with an early morning run in tide. Hopefully this piscatorial phenomenon can repeat itself a few more times before the jelly prawns disappear.

The next few days see the winds around the 15 knot mark and we may see a sprinkling of rain which shouldn't have too much bearing on your efforts.

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