Report 5/1/18

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Report 5/1/18

Post by subeditor » Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:07 pm

The start to the New Year in the Far North was a sizzler in regards to both the fishing and the weather. Pressure cooking temperatures, occasional northerly breezes, ripping tides around the moons and some precipitation certainly made things sticky under the collar. The fishing mercury also rose and there were some exceptional catches recorded around the traps.

On the outer reef the species were varied and mainly of quality size. Coming back to the docks with a mixed bag of fruit was the norm and a typical daily catch of bottom fishing included coral and bar cheek trout, small and large mouth nannygai, spangled emperor, stripeys and gold spot trevally. Bonus catches outside of this included big red emperor, thumping cobia, solid reef mangrove jack, jumbo Spanish mackerel and the elusive baldy bream. We had massive tides around the two moons and finding marks away from the main current was key. The catch rates in both deep and shallow water were equally productive.

For those that had the opportunity to throw poppers across the reefs and pressure points they were entertained to mind blowing Gt action especially on those bigger tides.

Inside of the reef the coastal fishing has also been extremely productive on the calmer days and wrecks, isolated bommies and wonkie holes all produced a variety of fish. On the bottom large mouth nannygai were up and about, trevally species were ever present including bludger and cale cale. Pelagic species were also on the go at various times including mack tuna and Spanish and doggie mackerel. They were best acquired by jigging techniques ripping slices up through the bait schools.

Closer to home the headland and river entrance fishing has seen the most action. There’s been a lot of bait schools and they’ve been pushed hard up against the banks by a regular barrage of queenfish activity. In tow has been some super sized fish including monster barra and big Gt’s. The local public jetty in Port Douglas recently saw a 1m plus barra and a Gt of around 30kg caught by one lucky angler which released both fish. Further upstream the bream have been of exceptional quality and the mangrove jack as usual have been super busy especially around low light periods.
Looking ahead it’s a difficult one to predict what will transpire in February. There’s been some serious hints of rain which to be honest is really needed and will consequently breathe new life into our waterways. The headlands and break through creeks along the beaches should be a focus for barra which come back on the menu and if the weather remains flat there will enough entertainment on the coastal and outer reefs to enjoy a few fish. All we can do is sit and wait and look out the window each morning and then make a decision.
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