Report 14/10/14

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Report 14/10/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Oct 14, 2014 4:53 pm

There’s certainly been a distinct change in the weather recently as temperatures seemed to spike overnight and we also saw the winds swing from a northerly direction at times. This has impacted on certain fishing sections and in particular on the reef.

Following the full moon last week the reef species have become quite finicky in their feeding patterns and this is not entirely surprising as they closely approach their spawning period due to occur next week. This has been reported across the board from the commercial guys and also our local reef charters and those in Cairns as well. There’s been fish caught but it is not the crash and bash style we were experiencing a couple of weeks ago. There’s been some nice large mouth nannygai come back to the docks as well as quite a few gold spot trevally. There’s been okay numbers of coral trout but they have been your skinny variety which is saying they are only feeding like sparrows. There’s been a few reef mangrove jack about but they also have been very tentative in their approach which is very much unlike these feisty characters.

The one big bonus has been that there have been some cracking Spanish mackerel on the chew and they have been coming in at around 15kg and have been the saviour on quite a few of the quieter days. According to Steve Adamson of Dragon Lady Charters they have definitely had to work harder for their catches of late but there’s still some good value to be had and believes once the fish have spawned they’ll be ravenous and catch numbers will quickly improve.

On the game fishing scene the Lizard Island Black Marlin tournament is well underway and the numbers of marlin tagged and released are very impressive. On day 2 of the event 23 black marlin were tagged with two fish exceeding the magical 1000lb mark. Local vessel Amokura was leading the tournament after the first day and sit in third place after day two. This is a 7 day tournament and there is a lot of fishing to be played out in the coming days.

Looking ahead there is a bit of a cooler change coming in over the weekend with winds freshening up to a solid 20 knots from the south east and bit of associated precipitation is also expected.

Lynton Heffer
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Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Oct 14, 2014 4:54 pm

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