Report 18/8/15

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Report 18/8/15

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Aug 18, 2015 1:12 pm

Reasonable offshore conditions have prevailed in recent times to continue the good run of fortune for many anglers. There was the odd day where the bureau underestimated their wind forecasts and they proved to be the toughest days even though fish were caught. Overall it has been a decent winter run with no extended periods where we have been blown out of the water for a week or more at a time. One senses that already we have turned the corner and will experience more settled weather from this point on.

It’s been a week of variety on the reef once again with a mixture of quality species on display. Plump sized coral trout, small and large mouth nannygai, red emperor, Spanish mackerel and bar cheek trout have remained really consistent and caught in a variety of depths during the course of the day. Some not so common fish were registered as well including big long nose emperor, baldy bream and red throat emperor. Skipper Steve of Dragon Lady Charters said barring a couple of ugly days where the wind exceeded forecasts it has been generally pleasant to be on the water. Fish catches were relatively easier in the calmer weather and there were a couple of trips there last Friday and Saturday where there were too many fish to handle at times.

Amokura charters returned recently from a 6 day trip on the outer reef and talking with the clients they said it was the best fishing experience they’ve had in 15 years of travelling to destinations. The reef fishing was mind blowing and the pelagic activity was extraordinary at times. They found themselves fishing the bottom of the Ribbon Reefs most of the time.

The annual Cairns Bluewater Billfish tournament is currently running over four days at Fitzroy Island and we have 3 local operations competing. Word on the street is that small black marlin numbers have dropped off in recent times and the 49 strong entries will be able to verify whether this is the case or not.

Weekend conditions look really appealing and no doubt the fishing reports will keep filtering through.

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