Report 9/9/16

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Report 9/9/16

Post by subeditor » Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:14 pm

Despite there being some overall good fishing results in the region proceedings haven’t quite gone to plan as yet for this time of year. Normally we would have all sorts of quarry to pick and choose from but some more prominent species have either been here or there. The weather as well has been indifferent with south easterly winds making a late charge in the season and has been associated with a bit of unseasonal rain.
Probably the two most notable species that haven’t fired to be expected have been part of the pelagic family. The small black marlin run this season has been mediocre compared to the past couple of years on the inshore grounds and now whatever stocks are present are starting to move towards the shelf for the anticipated big black marlin breeding period. Sure these has been some hot patches on these stallions but the consistency has not been there this time around.
The other species which hasn’t taken a strangle hold has been the Spanish mackerel. They too have been around in spasmodic patches but not to the degree we are normally use to. Typically they are around in mass and catching a personal bag limit is no problem but anglers have had to work harder than normal to source these fish in decent numbers. One theory that can be linked to both mentioned species has been the lack of bait this year which would make perfect sense. Being a nomadic style of fish they will go where the food source is concentrated. Unfortunately the bait seems to well spread out and thus translates to fish being caught. Who knows in the fishing world as this can quickly transform and we may see a late blossom on these species.
In other news the Far North is bracing itself for the up and coming heavy tackle black marlin season which will see a huge fleet of big boats working our local waters for the next couple of months. To date there have been several reports of black marlin to 150lb on the shelf with the odd fish up to 350lb. The Lizard Island tournament mid month is always a good indicator as to how the season will pan out with numbers of fish this year. Ocean currents play a huge role in this outcome and local skippers are quietly confident things will go to plan.
On the reef itself it has been a bit tricky trying to pick the calmer weather of late but once it is there the fishing has continued on nicely. Coral trout, small and large mouth nannygai, red and spangled emperor and gold spot and tea-leaf trevally have been up and about. Cobia have continued to show up in numbers and there have been more recordings of exotic species such as barramundi cod, coronation trout, passionfruit trout, baldy bream and different cod species. In general some fish are starting to roe up already which indicates things are on track for the reef fin breeding this year. The reef should continue to impress moving into the coming month and one style of fishing you can always guarantee to see some action.
The rivers and creeks are moving into their prime time and have been slowly gathering momentum. Barra are starting to be far more active and key species such as mangrove jack and fingermark are already approaching top gear. As to be expected there is often a healthy supply of mid sized trevally scooting through our systems along with good numbers of queenfish. The bigger queenfish models around the 1m mark have been registered around our river mouths, headlands and neighboring islands.
Hopefully our weather can really settle down as there are numerous options to choose from whether it be inshore or offshore. October is in my opinion the best time to be wetting a line in the tropics purely because of activity going on in all departments.
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