Weekly Report 23 May 14

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Weekly Report 23 May 14

Post by Brad » Fri May 23, 2014 12:32 pm

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The week gone by would be best described as rather frustrating as inclement weather conditions continue to dominate proceedings. Fresh to strong winds with associated rain squalls have not been conducive to producing good results and it has been a bit of a battle inshore and offshore. Only a handful of charters have braved the elements and headed offshore to fish the outer reef. They were met with ugly conditions and seeking protection in more sheltered waters behind the reefs was the only option moving forward.

Consequently catch rates were patchy but there were a few good specimens recorded including coral trout and spangled emperor. There was a mixture of other smaller species caught consistently including stripeys, sweetlip, speckled scale perch and slatey bream. The was the odd Spanish mackerel caught on a float which was a bonus but for those who used trolling methods there was no such luck. The sloppy conditions look like they are going to continue indefinitely and you'd think there will be very limited traffic out to the reef in the near future.

Closer to home quite the opposite occurred as the local inlet was inundated with plenty of boat traffic and made jostling for positions up the creek a tight squeeze. According to Jake Wyatt of PD Sportfishing it was bumper to bumper traffic and not ideal for such a small system. He said he battled away and was happy with some nice mangrove jack and mid sized trevally he caught plus a host of small bream, moses perch and fingermark. Overall though he said it was pretty tough going.

A bit further north the reports were a bit better on the Daintree River with a few barra still being caught, quality grunter across the flats, fingermark still biting in the channel and some good movement on queenfish and trevally moving in on the incoming tides. Speaking of tides we come into a neap period over the weekend and the Daintree River tends to fish reasonably well as the water clarity is at its best. With a grim forecast it looks like calm water fishing in the rivers and creeks will be a popular choice for the short term.

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