Report 30/09/14

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Report 30/09/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:43 pm

After an extended run of glorious weather the winds decided to come back up in recent times. It hasn’t been completely wild on the water but there has been a bit of discomfort at times, especially for those travelling to the reef.

Despite the fresher conditions it really hasn’t stopped the fish from biting most of the time. It has been almost impossible to fish the open and deep locations but the fishing hasn’t been too bad closer to the reef itself. We’ve seen less large mouth nannygai on the charter boats this week but this has been replaced with handsome numbers of coral trout, heaps of gold spot trevally and the Spanish mackerel have been thick at times. There’s been a few different other species return back at the docks including cobia, red throat emperor, chinese footballer trout and baldy bream as well. Skipper Steve of Dragon Lady Charters said due to the weather we’ve had to change tactics of late but it really hasn’t detracted from the numbers of fish they’ve been able to source. There’s not a lot of red fish at the moment he said but there’s still a lot of quality with what they’ve been catching.

On the game fishing scene there’s been further action on the black marlin on the shelf. Numbers and sizes are gradually increasing according to sources and we’ll probably see the action really go up a gear when the weather drops out. Other than this there’s been healthy numbers of wahoo, dolphin fish, Spanish mackerel and northern bluefin tuna working the edges of the outer reef. Damian Collete of Saltaire Charters said he saw plenty of this light tackle action just recently and still claims there are still a few smaller black marlin inside the reef as well.

Inshore the news is that the mud crabs are slowly drying up but there has been an increase in action on the barra and the fingermark and mangroves are fishing quite well at the moment in the local Dickson Inlet. The Daintree River still has a population of big 1m queenfish in this system and the barra are fishing very well in the upper reaches using lures.

The forecast in the coming days indicates the winds will continue over the weekend. The small boat brigade will be confined to the rivers but the bigger vessels I’d expect will battle it out on the open waters.

Lynton Heffer
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Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:43 pm

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