Report 23/9/15

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 23/9/15

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:38 pm

It has been a sensational start to the national school holidays and the Port Douglas region has turned it on in the weather department. Nice sunny days with a gentle breeze has forwarded plenty of opportunity for those wanting to wet a line.

As it is generally reef fishing trips are very with the visitors and they haven’t been let down when it comes to catching a fish or two. Cracking sized coral trout have been the outstanding catch on most days with a mixture of other fishing completing a healthy tally for the day. These remaining fish have comprised of large mouth nannygai, stripies, moses perch, gold spot trevally, bludger trevally, cobia, reef jack, sweetlip and a few Spanish mackerel. Over the past week or so a lot of the best action didn’t occur until the afternoon period on the neap tides when the tide actually changed direction. This is when the pace picked up dramatically and fish came over the side at a regular rate. Skipper Steve of Dragon Lady Charters said it was a bit scratchy in the mornings and you were a little concerned the fish were going to have an off day, but this quickly changed with a swing in the tide. He also said they’ve been doing a bit of game fishing out wide in the game boat and have encountered tuna, wahoo, Spanish mackerel and giant trevally. He said they’ve done a bit of fishing for the black marlin without result but thinks the up and coming bigger tides leading into the full moon might just create a bit of movement.

Saltaire Charters have been out and about on the shelf at times and their best fish to date has been a 35kg monster wahoo. Skipper Damian Collete says he too is just waiting and watching for when the black marlin turn up.

Port Douglas Sportfishing has been out exploring the coastline in the nice conditions and report that they have been catching good numbers of school mackerel around the inner reefs and they have also been smashing into the nannygai schools with just legal sized specimens on offer.

The winds might just pick up a tad over the weekend but nothing untoward and then we are predicted to have another pearler of a week to look forward to.

Lynton Heffer
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