Report 15/5/15

Lynton 'Heff' Heffer
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Report 15/5/15

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It’s been another good week for fishing in the Far North as pleasant conditions prevailed allowing anglers to explore all options. However all this is about to come to an abrupt holt as the first proper south easterly trade wind for the year will be in our face as we speak shooting down any plans of heading offshore for an extended period to come. The high pressure system slowly rolling across the bottom of Australia is a doozy and looks like it will take a stranglehold for the best part of a week. There was even talk of a cyclone forming in the Coral Sea early in the week which had the potential to affect us on the east coast but looks unlikely at this stage.
So it was left to the final days to make hay whilst the sun was shining and offshore reports remained steady for the bulk of the week. In fact Steve Adamson of Dragon Lady Charters said it hasn’t been too difficult to accumulate reasonable numbers of fish. Once again there has been a mixed bag of fish coming back to harbour each day with splashes of red fish prevalent amongst the catch. Nice big 8kg large mouth nannygai have been common, quality coral and bar cheek trout to 4kg have also featured consistently along with the odd thumping red emperor up to 9kg. Tea-leaf trevally were around in numbers including the occasional gold spot species. A couple of hefty Spanish mackerel were landed on the float most days and then there were your usual suspects such moses perch, stripeys and sweetlip. Steve said we’ve been really fortunate so far this year with the weather and he hopes that this first decent blow isn’t the start of a windy winter.
So in the coming days focus will be on the river fishing and Jake Wyatt of Port Douglas Sportfishing says there’s been enough happening up the local estuary to warrant a play. He’s been catching predominantly a lot of grunter, a few mangrove jack and he says the bream are big and fat and really aggressive at the moment even to the extent of attacking good sized live baits. He says mudcrabs are always worth a shot at this time of year and for the those who want to catch a barra, mid to small sized soft plastics peppered in amongst the sunny banks holding good structure will be your best shot.
In the meantime hold onto your hat and ride out this first trade wind for the winter season.

Lynton Heffer
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