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Fishing Reports

08 October 2001 - Volume 5 Issue 6

Hi Guys! Just a very quick update on things tropical.

After a fairly windy period of about eight days the weather Gods are smiling on Tropical North Queensland – and boy do we need it.

Tourism in our neck of the woods has gone through gut wrenching times before (i.e. the pilot’s dispute, cyclones etc) but no one could have been prepared for the double whammy effect of the tragic events in the US and the demise of Ansett Airlines.

Our sympathies go out to all who are suffering, the US victims, the volunteers, the survivors and the people – as well as the staff adversely but differently effected in Australia.

One strong message to come from all the chaos is the need to work together; to help our fellow citizens and above all things, try to resume normal lives. This will get the economies back on track and show the world that we do live in a peace loving, caring, prosperous, humane world where the joys of travel (and fishing) are an integral part of our well being.

Rivers & Estuary

I fished the Daintree River late last week and had a ball late in the day on the making tide. Nearly every snag had a few mangrove jacks, not monsters but great fun on light spinning or baitcasting rigs. We tossed gold bomber lures and shad raps and landed eight fish in a few hours just on dusk. Next day was similar with plenty of medium sized barra about, best spots to try are the overhanging mangroves. Good-sized tarpon are about and are taking jigs with gusto; other active species include flathead from the sand bars and medium trevally.

The Hinchinbrook Channel region is producing excellent fishing. Trolling deep diving lures around some rock bars is producing quality barra to 90cm + while an added bonus has been the arrival of the highly prized fingermark. One monster landed went 9.6kg (over 20lb) and she was not alone. These are some of the best eating fish you could ever wish catch.

The Reef

Charter skippers just love fishing after a blow. Not only are the fish active and hungry, but the lack of fishing pressure over the previous few days gives the hard fished reefs a bit of a spell. Small mouth nannygai are about in numbers with a few big mouth and red emperor thrown in for good measure. A late run of spanish mackerel is also a bit of a surprise.

Blue Water / Game Fishing

The big blacks have arrived – reports of up to four shots a day on fish of 400-700 lb and a few over the magic 1,000lb mark have been sighted. They are following the schools of tuna; yellowfin, longtail and macks, which are great sport on light, tackle themselves. Wahoo are also out wide with one fish of 50 lb landed – not much sport on 130lb-gear thought!

Cape York

What can I say, we are entering absolute prime time to fish the Cape. The pre wet season period heralds increased activity in the rivers, creeks, tidal estuaries and near shore blue water. The guides are very keen to show you some of the best fishing in Oz, give us a call and we’ll put you in the picture.

From barras, jacks, cod, trevally and queenfish up the creeks to tuna, monster G.T.’s, golden trevally and tuna in the blue water to some of the best salt water flats fishing available – its all go – a fly fisherman’s paradise.

See you on the water,
Les Marsh

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