Only a couple of days and TRADITION will be kicking off our 2009 heavy tackle season on Friday morning.
There have been a few boats fishing the last week or so and the reports are great, 1-4 bites a day, mostly from the smaller males up to 400 lbs , and a big girl or two seen each day by the boats.
Yesterday a couple of big fish were encountered but did not go through with it long enough to stay on. The signs of a great season are all there, and after a couple of slower seasons we are all excited about the upcoming fishing.
The water temp has picked up, the current is running to the south, not like previous years where it was even running to the north!!! And the longliners are already encountering good numbers of yellowfin and bigeyes out wide, which is much more like the conditions we had 10 years ago.
The TRADITION is all set and ready to go, Brett gets here tomorrow and a bit more food and we are off.
With the good start so far the rest of the season looks promising , and as always the grandure of the Great Barrier Reef is there for us to experience each day.
Open dates this season are:
Oct 24 – 31 Lizard Island Comp or just fishing
Nov 1 – 6 and Nov 11 – Nov 18 inclusive
Nov 29 – Dec 4 Cairns to Cairns
Dec 7 – Dec 12 Cairns to Mackay heavy tackle via Myrmidon reef
Dec 14 – Dec 23 Mackay to Gold Coast – head to Swains for a night, then out to Suamarez Reef for a night or two, then out to Wreck Reef and Cato Reefs if the weather is good, 10 day trip, fishing for big blues and blacks, jigging and poppers for GT’s, Wahoo, Coral Trout etc.limited to 4 places, AU$5500 each for 10 days, arrive Gold Coast night of Dec 23 at GCCM.
Mothershipping is available for all dates with choices of the Bali Hai, Atlantic Princess, Emerald Lady and Mustique.