Report 21/7/15

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Report 21/7/15

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:10 am

Fresh conditions returned to the region over the past week, limiting angling opportunities. Only a couple of questionable windows were on offer to head offshore, and for those anglers who did travel it was certainly a challenge. According to Dragon Lady Charters skipper Steve Adamson it was a matter of being able to hold anchor in the blustery conditions. At times he said you simply felt like giving up and heading home, but with persistence the few charters they did conduct they did okay considering the obstacles they faced. Numbers of fish were down a little but there was definitely some quality amongst the catch. Coral and bar cheek trout were the most consistent fish and they were a good size. The large mouth nannygai were patchy but the guys were able to source a few decent models, and there was the odd nice red emperor as well. Naturally there were sufficient numbers of sweetlip and moses perch on any given day. They snared several Spanish mackerel over the course of the week, including one incredible catch on the floating pilchard.

Local AFL footballer Rowan ‘Zinga’ Hanley was travelling with family and friends on Friday when the mackerel rod ignited into action. Rowan took up the battle and quickly realised he'd hooked up to a marlin. With a bit of luck and gentle persuasion Rowan and the team eventually boated the billfish for the chance to get some happy snaps. It wasn't long before the news hit the social media, and by day’s end the whole town knew about it. Catching a marlin on a mackerel float is a flukey event and a very rare catch, so well done to Rowan who now is an elite member of the Marlin Club.

Jake Wyatt of Port Douglas Sportfishing says the river fishing was been a bit up and down this past week, but they found themselves tangling with mangrove jack, grunter, bream and a few trevally. The cooler and overcast conditions have made it a bit tougher but with more easing tides coming up and a bit of sunshine things will improve significantly.

The short term weather is trending towards a settled period so enjoy the conditions and get amongst the action.
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