Report 08/10/14

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Report 08/10/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:24 am

The water’s are alive as the marlin reports gather some serious momentum albeit in the early stages of the season. Across the board from several game fishing operators the marlin season has got off to a flyer with numbers of 150lb-300lb on the rise from previous years and there’s been quite a few 1000lb fish registered on the edges of the continental shelf. There is a strong contingency of boats fishing the Ribbon Reefs at the moment and the strike rate has been quite impressive according to sources.

Closer to home Saltaire Charters fished the Linden Bank on Monday and the got a monster bite off one big fish which connected. Skipper Damian Collete said when it came in closer to the boat he didn’t realise quite how big it was and estimated it at easily 800lb and possibly a bit more. He said for these big fish to be on these grounds already is a likely indicator that it is going to be a bumper season. This early action is great news for the up and coming Port Douglas Marlin Challenge in the first week of November which is shaping to be the biggest yet. With the weather forecast to be first class in the near short term future no doubt the heavy tackle fishing reports will keep rolling out with gusto.

On the reef the fishing was a little bit below par with catches moderating to a certain degree. According to Skipper Steve Adamson of Dragon Lady Charters the couple of blustery days we saw at the tail of the weekend and early week made conditions certainly tougher. With the current and wind coming from opposite directions it made things rather sloppy on the water. In saying this they still registered some nice coral trout and there were still numbers of gold spot trevally around. He believes though with the calm weather that is coming up they’ll soon find themselves back out into deeper water and should tap back into the large mouth nannygai population which has been quite reasonable this year. As the reef closures get closer and spawning will take place the coral trout may go into lock jaw but there’s normally plenty of other species which will keep chomping away.

No doubt the local boat ramps will get a thorough work over in the coming days and it’s the time of year to get out and land yourself a BIG ONE!

Lynton Heffer
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Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:24 am

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