Report 15/1/15

Lynton 'Heff' Heffer
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Report 15/1/15

Post by subeditor » Thu Jan 15, 2015 2:19 pm

Following a few gusty days the seas flattened out nicely recently despite there being some heavy downpours to contend with. We were all watching closely the low pressure system off the coast and thought it may develop into something a bit more substantial but the opposite happened it was happy days on the water.
Fishing reports have been a bit sketchy this week with moments of brilliance followed up by doughnuts. The reef has seen variable winds at times and with little run in the current but this is changing as we speak. Over the last few days there’s been a handful of coral trout coming back to the docks, plenty of good sized tea-leaf and gold spot trevally, stripeys, cobia and a few large mouth nannygai. The bonus has been several Spanish mackerel which have been caught on the float and from off the bottom as well. There has been a fair bit of action along the edges inside the outer reef which is handy for locals with their own smaller vessels. A lot of these mackerel have been caught off the bottom up to 7kg which suggests they are feeding through all levels of the water column. Steve Adamson of Dragon Lady said he spent one day there fishing the shelf for one lousy mackerel on the troll and then he come back to edge of the inside of the outer reef and there’s mackerel everywhere. He said it just goes to show that sometimes you don’t have to travel the whole country side to find the fish. Often they are right on your back doorstep.
The rivers and creeks have received a bit of a flush out in recent times and the fishing has improved a bit. Reports indicate there a some good grunter across the flats and there’s some nice mangrove jack around the Port Douglas harbour. The beaches have completely shut down momentarily with copious amounts of ‘Japanese Salad’ or seaweed being dispersed along the coast. Hopefully the next set of big tides will drag all of this back out to sea and then we’ll start to see a bit more action.
We are expecting some northerly winds to come through anytime soon and this will make heading offshore a questionable choice. In saying this the bureau has got their predictions wrong a couple of times recently so it will be a matter of looking out of the window and making a wise choice from there.

Lynton Heffer
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There’s been quite a few mackerel working the pressure point edges landside along the edge of the outer reef.

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Re: Report 15/1/15

Post by subeditor » Thu Jan 15, 2015 2:20 pm

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