10 March 2001 - Volume 5 Issue 2
Weather? What Weather? Part II
I was right - two days after my last report the sky's opened up and the
weather took a turn for the worst. I guess it's the "wet" season and we
have come to expect a lot of rain - we sure had it. We even had a small
cyclone brush past the City, it was only a category one and did no damage
thankfully, but it did dump heaps of rain on the region.
This is not all bad as a lot of our prime sportfish need these sorts of
conditions to breed successfully (especially barramundi) - usually the
bigger the wet season the greater the recruitment and the better the
fishing in a few years time.
This late spawning run resulted in a monster barra being landed from the
Mission Bay boat ramp at Weipa, at 150cm it would have weighed over 60lb,
and probably had just laid a few million eggs!
Fishing Cairns was a finalist in the prestigious "My Business"
awards held recently in Sydney. Unfortunately we were not the outright
winners of our category, e-business, but being a finalist was special
enough. To be judged possibly the second best web site in Oz for our
category was just fantastic and my wife Pam & I celebrated until the wee
hours of Friday morning.
Tourism operators working on the Great Barrier Reef (fishing
charters, dive operator's etc) now have a single handbook to refer to for
advice. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority recently launched the
Tourism Operators Handbook which contains all the rules and regulation for
operating in the Marine Park. The handbook is available from Queensland
Parks & Wildlife offices, 10 McLeod St, Cairns or phone 07 4052 3092
Unfortunately it's a sign of the times, computer viruses are
here to stay and we must all be vigilant in our dealings with e-mails and
Internet business. We are experiencing unprecedented numbers of incoming
e-mails with viruses attached and thankfully have our virus protection
continually up to date. We have found it necessary to reject messages and
quarantine files - some of which may have been booking and information
requests from our valued readers. We apologise for any inconvenience
caused, please re submit your enquiry if you feel this may have happened
With so much rain about this past month the bait fishing has
been slow. Anglers casting lures way upstream in clearing, dropping
conditions have faired quite well on juvenile barra, mangrove jacks, sooty
grunter and jungle perch. Fly-fishing has also produced some excellent
results, with barra, jacks, archerfish and a great run of tarpon recently.
The post wet season period is one of the most productive times in the
Tropics so get your gear ready.
Although this waterway is not fed by any major river system,
the persistent rain has had a detrimental effect on the fishing here as
well. Look on the bright side, it can only get better from here on.
Blue Water / Reef Fishing / Game Fishing
I'm going to lump these all
together this time - mainly because this is what most charter skippers are
doing at this time of year - a mixture of everything. The usual reef
dwellers have been about, coral trout, sweetlip, trevally etc as well as
good quality tuna, mackerel and some unstoppables on the light tackle
sportfishing gear. No billies as yet but it won' t be long before the
juveniles start showing up.
After the Sydney Olympics last year where many anglers, and game boats for
that matter, went to that fair city, this season is shaping up as a big
one. The interest generated for all things Australian should play a major
part in our inbound tourism traffic this season. Some game boats are
already booked out for October & November - don't leave your decision too
All of the Cape's guides have had a break and they are just
starting to get back to work - if you call cruising around the pristine
blue waters of a remote location, casting lures & fly's to breaking
schools of hungry fish WORK!, well - that's what they do!
The post wet season / late summer period is probably the very best time of
the year to fish the Cape and repeat clients are up there from tomorrow -
I can't wait to hear from them upon their return.
We are continually striving to provide a better service to
our clients and are listening to your feedback. Fishing Cairns is pleased
to advise some exciting new charter options are in the pipe line and the first one to be released is a
live aboard gamefishing and reef fishing trip out of Princess Charlotte Bay on Cape York. Look for more exciting
options coming on line over the next few months.
And for all you fly fishing enthusiasts, we are developing packages
specifically targeted to your needs and expectations, watch this space.
See you on the water,
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