Report 7/7/15

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 7/7/15

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Jul 07, 2015 3:34 pm

After a long time in the wilderness, the Douglas Shire finally saw more favourable weather conditions settle across the region at the start of the week. The sun broke through for extended periods and the seas returned to some normality.

On the reef the arrival of good weather was like a trigger to activate the fish back into gear. Skipper Steve of Dragon Lady Charters said it was a godsend to head out in better conditions after battling rough seas for the best part of 6 weeks. He said the fishing grew with momentum as the day moved on. It was mostly quiet in the morning but by early afternoon the fish started to come on the bite. The large mouth nannygai were a significant catch most days with the smaller variety being the first to roll up followed by the bigger models to 6-7kg. At times there were gold spot and tea-leaf trevally mixed in with the nannygai schools, and once on the bite the fishing was hectic at times. The guys also recorded some big coral and bar-cheek trout which were trophy fish at around 5-6kg. Other species popping up in the daily catches included moses perch, spangled emperor, slatey bream and a few Spanish mackerel caught on the float.

In the local estuary, Jake Wyatt of Port Douglas Sportfishing said he’s been mainly catching mangrove jack, midsized fingermark, grunter and bream in the Dickson Inlet. The fishing improved following the big tides around the full moon when the water clarity was much better. Conditions haven’t settled enough to fish the coastline in the trailer boat, and Jake suspects he’ll be calm water locked in the immediate future as well.

Reel Chase charters ventured to the wide grounds on the weekend in search of a billfish and they tangled with a couple of small black marlin. They also registered a juvenile sailfish which was so small it didn’t even pull drag off the 8kg fishing outfit.
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