Report 05/08/14

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Report 05/08/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Aug 05, 2014 2:10 pm

Wild conditions have dominated the weather pattern of late and look to continue into the weekend with some light at the end of the tunnel early next week.
The last set of charters to hit the reef was over the weekend gone by where we enjoyed a good run of weather, albeit too short for our liking. The mackerel reports across the board remained very strong with plenty of Spanish mackerel on the outer reefs with inshore patches producing healthy numbers of grey mackerel as well.

All our preferred targeted reef species showed some really good form including coral trout, red emperor and large mouth nannygai. According to Steve Adamson of Dragon Lady Charters the only challenge they were posed with was the contingency of sharks that for some reason were prevalent during this calm spell. He said sometimes they just turn up in their droves and they really put a dent in the day’s catch. Even being forced to move around at times he said they seemed to be everywhere you went. The funny thing is that they’ll be there one day and gone the next. Despite this he said the weather was absolutely glorious during this period and was a pleasure to be working on the water and there was enough quality fish produced each day.

When the weather turned for the worst at the start of the week focus shifted to fishing our inshore systems. The Daintree is currently holding a resident population of big 1m queenfish and there are plenty of smaller trevally species in the system as well. Jamie Beitzel of On the Daintree Charters said the big queenfish are definitely his highlight at the moment and he’s being sourcing using 4 inch poppers and also drifting live sardines in the current. The local Dickson Inlet reported mediocre reports of bream, trevally, estuary cod and a few mangrove jack but this will improve as the tides offer a bit more as we speak.

It’s been one of those years where you get a brilliant run of weather and then get punished by a following blow which lasts for days on end. Hopefully as we move on from our winter spell we’ll start to see the weather pattern stabilise and produce more good days than bad.

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Re: Report 05/08/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Aug 05, 2014 2:11 pm

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