Report 5/2/15

Lynton 'Heff' Heffer
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Report 5/2/15

Post by subeditor » Thu Feb 05, 2015 11:44 am

There’s no denying that this would have to be one of the hottest summers we’ve experienced in the Far North for many a year. This very warm, but also mostly very calm weather pattern has been going since the start of November with very little variation and looks to continue for awhile longer. There’s suppose to be a bit of breeze over the weekend but this is forecast to be a brief encounter.
With some handy tides of late and a bit of rain to stir up the pot our local creeks and estuary have benefitted somewhat and this is reflected by some quality catches of late. According to Christian Webb of Trinity Sportfishing there’s been plenty of mangrove jack on the move, the barra are starting to turn up with more regularity and there’s usually estuary cod and fingermark to have a crack at. He did mention that there are heaps of tarpon around at the moment within the estuary and I’m also hearing reports that they are thick along the beaches on an early morning high tide. Talking of the beach, I got a snippet of a report of a sawfish being caught from off Four Mile Beach by a local and if so would be an incredible catch as they are highly endangered and are not suppose to frequent our waters. I’ll be definitely doing a bit more digging on this subject.
On the reef conditions have been ideal during the day and the fishing has proven to be quite okay. According to Steve Adamson of Dragon Lady Charters he said there’s been a window of an hour or two where the fish have been biting usually coinciding with a change in the tide. Outside of this things have been quite barren. When the bite has been on there’s been a bit of variety with some nice coral trout around, handfuls of good large mouth nannygai, some locations are holding numbers of big small mouth nannygai and there’s bread and butter species generally around such as sweetlip and stripeys. The tea-leaf and gold spot trevally still remain a prominent catch on most days and have been so for quite a long time now. They’ve also managed to pick up some stray Spanish mackerel on the floating rig as well. Steve said tourist numbers are very low at the moment which is a pity because you couldn’t ask for better weather at this time of year and the fish seem to be around in reasonable numbers.
With that in mind it is a good time to be a local whilst conditions are still fine because we literally have the place to ourselves to enjoy.

Lynton Heffer
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