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February 1999 - Volume 3 Issue 2

Summer Fishing

Phew!! Its been fairly hot of late. Temps in the early thirties, variable winds from NE to SE .Rain for a few days and then back to fine, warm, humid weather. Summer time IS the best time to fish here in Tropical North Queensland.

Most of our prime sport fish are active at this time of year and this list includes barramundi, mangrove jacks, fingermark, salmon and even the occasional giant trevally and queenfish showing up in catches.

Only this morning my guide Justin, landed a huge queenfish of just over 110 cm.A truly magnificent capture on six kilo tackle and the lucky angler was a very happy chappy indeed.

I was fortunate enough to get some slides of the fish and they will appear on my web page shortly. We arelooking at expanding our tour options. We already include half day and full day estuary charters and we will soon be able to offer half day river trips as well as our popular full day river tours. Conditions and limited numbers will apply but this tour will cater for the keener type of angler.

Of course our half and full day sole charter lure and fly fishing trips are still available and this style of fishing is excellent during the summer months.

We are about to commence tours to a local barramundi farm. Now I know “pond” fishing is not everyone's cup of tea, but there is a demand for this type of trip, especially with some of our Asian tourists who are here on limited time. I took my wife and children there last Sunday and had a ball catching fifteen barra in two hours fishing. More to come!!!!!!!

The local rivers including the Daintree, Russell and Mulgrave rivers have really been firing. During one week my charters landed twenty nine barra, but we also lost thirty five fish due to angler inexperience. When conditions are right, a few days after heavy rain, there has been good numbers of barra right upstream in the weed beds.Most fish average fifty - sixty cm, but some larger specimensto 75 cm have been landed and I have seen fish in the 35 lb mark.

This has been magnificent light tackle lure fishing, surrounded by beautiful scenery as well. There have also been plenty of good size mangrove jacks to 50 cm right upstream as well and also the occasional G.T. Only last week I launchedat the Daintree township and my first three fish, in just over fifteen minutes, was 1 barra, 2 G.T., 3 jack. It only got better from there.

At dead low tide we have been coming downstream to the tidal zone and cleaning up on more jacks, bigger barra, G.T.’s and flat head. In the last few bends of the Russell river nearly every snag held a fish of some sort.Even jungle perch have been aggressively attacking lures meant for mush bigger fish while right upstream sootygrunter and small tarpon hit small shallow diving lures and poppers. Great stuff.

Les Marsh

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