Report 8/9/15

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 8/9/15

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Sep 08, 2015 11:17 am

Our brilliant run of weather has just expired with freshening south easterly winds with associated rain due to rain on our parade for several days to come. One is hoping that it is a passing phase that sees brighter days return on the back end of it.

To date though it has been rather rosy conditions which has allowed plenty of opportunity to venture where one would choose. A lot of the small boat brigade have utilised the conditions to fish the inshore reefs, wrecks, patches and fringes of the outer reef picking up an array of fish which have included bar cheek trout and large mouth nannygai from off the bottom whilst mackerel and trevally species have been around on the surface offering spurts a good activity.

On the outer reef the fishing really returned to good form the further we got away from the full moon early last week. Big coral trout returned to the fray and nannygai species trickled over at a steady rate. There were a few good cobia around in the past week and the Spanish mackerel seemed to be around in consistent numbers. Other reef species which contributed to the tally on a regular basis included a burst of sweetlip, gold spot trevally, spangled emperor and bread and butter fish such as stripies and moses perch. The Dragon Lady crew said they didn’t break any records but the numbers of fish remained positive during the nice stretch of weather. Skipper Steve says the next few days look ominous which is something we haven’t had to worry about too much in recent times. He says it will be valuable time however to touch up on a few jobs jest before the school holidays hit which is probably the busiest time of the year.

Port Douglas Sportfishing said they’ve been plugging away at quite a few nice mangrove jack in the past week with a smattering of other species which have included grunter, cod, trevally and small fingermark. With the weather coming in they expect quite a few people looking for the calm water experience and the tides are reasonable with the new moon due on Sunday. The late afternoon tides look to be the pick with a nice incoming tide moving into our coastal systems.
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