Report 30/9/15

Lynton 'Heff' Heffer
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 30/9/15

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Sep 30, 2015 2:52 pm

After a sensational spell of weather it looks like the dream run will come to a grinding halt for the immediate future. Strong winds and associated rain will dominate the next several days with a hope that things will start to settle by the start of next week. For some it won’t be bad timing and will give football fans the perfect excuse to settle in and watch the weekend grand final rounds.

To date though it has been a sensational period to be on the water and the fishing overall has been decent. On the reef what we’ve seen in the past week is a bit of a stand off by reef fin fish which are obviously entering their pre-spawning mode which is due to occur around the next new moon. Some species such as coral trout and large mouth nannygai have been tentative and numbers have fallen slightly. Those that have played the game have had completely empty stomachs and showed no signs of having roe. Skipper Steve of Dragon Lady charters says these species are slowly going into lock jaw mode but in saying that there are other species which have continued to bite well such as gold spot trevally, Spanish mackerel, stripies, slatey bream and sweetlip. The last red hot day occurred last Friday when catches went through the roof on all species and the fish chewed their heads off all day. It was like their last hurrah before settling into a more passive mood. Since then the quality and quantity have waned to a certain degree but Steve says there has been still enough value to have a good day on the water and take home a feed of fresh fish.

Along the coastline Port Douglas Sportfishing once again took advantage of the calm conditions and has been catching huge numbers of smaller large mouth nannygai, good numbers of school mackerel and have had some wild encounters with monster queenfish and Spanish mackerel. This will change immediately with the inclement weather coming back in and they be forced to fish the calm waters of the Dickson Inlet where the mangrove jack have been the dominant species according to sources.

On the Daintree Jamie Beitzel’s charter has had a huge run on the fingermark and mangrove jack in recent times and with a good supply of saltwater pushing right up the system on the big tides the action has been pretty consistent according to him.

For all those who like a spot of reef fishing the reef closures start next week from the 10th-14th November. Game/ sport fishing for pelagics and river fishing will remain open during this period.

Lynton Heffer
Phone: 0409 610 869

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