Report 3/6/16

Lynton 'Heff' Heffer
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Report 3/6/16

Post by subeditor » Fri Jun 03, 2016 1:45 pm


With higher than normal temperatures continuing to roll out in the tropics, at the rate we are travelling we could easily bypass the traditional cooler months and be into spring before we know it. Water temperatures in turn are also well above average which hasn’t deterred the fishing but enhanced it if anything overall.
In the rivers and creeks the water warmer has extended the bite on some of our more prominent species such as barra, mangrove jack and fingermark. They have slowed a bit but not quite yet to the extent that they have gone into a winter slumber mode. Smaller live baits such as prawns and sardines have been viable baits to use as well as smaller lures and soft plastics. Trevally numbers including mid sized Gt’s and golden have been very steady cruising the main parts of the channels and are between the 1-1.5kg range. Along the flats and surrounding beaches there have been handy numbers of queenfish, Gt and golden trevally and a few blue salmon and have been best targeted on the incoming tides with clean water to assist. Bread and butter winter species are really kicking into gear including grunter, bream, whiting, sickle fish and flathead. If the days do get cooler at some point they will become the staple catch in most of our coastal systems. However to this point whilst the water temperatures hover above average one could expect to catch a varied tally of fish at day’s end. If the days turn dirty, windy and cold which is probably on the cards at some point, your best fishing results will be fishing when the wind and tide are going in the same direction. Fish the opposite to this and you’ll be working extra hard to secure a decent catch.
On the reef we started to see a run of Spanish mackerel a few weeks ago and the month of July is prime time to target these sought after species. The cooler currents from down south are taking their time to get here this year but once they do it will bring on the mackerel ten fold. Along with the Spanish army will be grey, spotted, doggie and school mackerel as well. Other pelagic to be caught have been long tail tuna and there have been surprisingly pockets of yellowfin tuna inside of the reef up to 15-20kg which is one for the books. Looking slightly ahead the game operators will start to explore the small black marlin grounds which are due to fire up. Last year they turned up early at the end of May but the month of july is normally the start of the run for a couple of months. Numbers of small black marlin have been impressive the last couple of years and one is hoping for a similar result.
On the reef itself the bottom fishing is really starting to hit its straps with a range of quality table eating fish readily available to catch. Coral trout and nannygai species, large and small are at the forefront with the likes of red emperor, pangled emperor, trevally species, cobia, reef mangrove jack, sweetlip, baldy bream and a host of others travelling on their coat tails. The reef is famous for its cooler month fishing and rarely disappoints. Days leading into and just following the moons offer good tides and even the neap tides are renowned for producing hauls of nannygai on the really deep hangs out in the open.

Lynton Heffer
Phone: 0409 610 869
No matter if you are along the coast or out on the reef if you strike one of those magical nice calm days there’s no better place to be in winter. The water is crystal blue and the surrounding mountainous coastline is purely picture postcard material. With the right plan in place you can expect to see some serious fishing too.

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