7/12/18

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7/12/18

Post by subeditor » Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:04 pm

As we delve into a New Year the first stages are generally held with a bit of trepidation as we approach the main part of the wet season. It is hard to gauge what will unfold as recent times have been some precipitation but overall it’s been mainly dry and extremely hot and this could easily continue for the best part of another month. Anglers however have enjoyed a solid run of calm weather over the last month or two and there’s been plenty of opportunity to venture wherever one desired.

For those with the capability the shelf outside of the reef has provided an array of species from mahi mahi, wahoo, yellowfin, sailfish and even marlin right into the December period. The marlin are expected to tail off as we speak but the light tackle species will remain for several weeks to come. The tuna aggregation will also be closely watched by some and will be a hot zone once the word is out.
On the reef itself there has been some surprisingly awesome fishing despite the searing weather that has been handed down. Often the reef fishing can slow right down but latter stages of last year were an exception. It was all about quality as well with super sized fish coming back to the docks including large mouth nannygai, coral trout, cobia, reef mangrove jack, gold spot trevally and Spanish mackerel. Numbers of fish were above par also and one would anticipate similar results moving forward for a little while to come.
Closer inshore wonky holes have been a focus for some and some monster large mouth nannygai have been claimed on these natural underwater springs. To date they have remained dry but with a bit of rain they’ll start flowing and will in turn attract a few more fish. They generally hold only a few good fish at the one time but when they are around 10kg all you need is a couple to deem it a complete success. Inshore reefs also continue to produce quite well with mid sized nannygai, bar cheek trout, trevally species and doggie mackerel all playing their role.

Along the coastal beaches and inside our calm waterways has been itching for a good rain to rejuvenate what has become a hard task at times. Rocket high water temperatures have made it difficult especially during the middle parts of the day. By far the best results have occurred on dusk and into the night with fingermark, jack, tarpon and accidental barra being far more active. Being patient with a live mullet or sardine has been the most productive tactic and probably the best option moving forward in the immediate future. A good dose of rain can transform things pretty quickly spreading the fish around and offers the chance to try different techniques.

In our tourist town itself we’ll remain quite busy till the middle of the month before we tail off into our quiet season for a couple of months. For the locals though it means we get the whole place to ourselves and there’s a big playground out there to wet a line in total peace.

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