Report 26/08/14

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Report 26/08/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:31 am

From our last report we gradually saw the winds pick up and have remained constant since. This sent the smaller boat brigade back to calmer waters whilst the bigger vessels ploughed on through the lumpy conditions.

On the reef the fishing pulled up a tad following the calm conditions and catch rates became more moderate. In saying this the quality of the fish remained high which included patches of big bar cheek trout, large mouth nannygai, golden trevally and gold spot trevally. Skipper Steve of Dragon Lady Charters said it was a matter of picking a few nice fish off each spot before having to move onto the next location. He said the tides were reasonable but that’s how fishing goes sometimes. As long as people can see that you are trying your very best to find the hot bite they are generally satisfied with a few big fish at the end of the day. He also commented that angler ability does play a big part as to how good the catch rate will be as well.

The Cairns Bluewater Billfish Tournament with 40 vessels entered was held over the weekend at Fitzroy Island and local boat Saltaire Charters enjoyed a very successful tournament. On day 1 they hooked up to 7 small black marlin but due to some bad luck they only managed 1 tag. On day 2 their fortunes changed and they delivered 7 tagged marlin for the day and dropped a couple of others as well. On the final day they completed a further 2 tags to give them a final tally of 10 marlin for the tournament. This afforded them 3rd place but were awarded 4th place after a count back system having drawn level with another boat. Skipper Damian Collete said he was extremely satisfied with the result considering the large field and with a bit more luck could have easily been right up there at the end. He said overall 168 black marlin and 10 sailfish were tagged and released for the tournament.

Inshore the Daintree River continues to fish well for those big queenfish whilst the local inlet has seen mid sized trevally and queenfish move in and out with the tide. The mud crabbing reports have been healthy as well.

Looking ahead the winds are predicted to hover around that 20 knot mark going into the weekend but at least the sun will be out shining.

Lynton Heffer
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Re: Reports 26/08/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:32 am

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