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Cairns & Great Barrier Reef

September the “Unsung Hero”

Spear fishing Cairns Sept 09
Spear fishing rewards

Whilst most anglers are keen to be involved in the Heavy Tackle Season within the months of October and November, late September has to be regarded as prime time Heavy Tackle fishing as well. I have fished the last week of September for a couple of years now and these trips have produced Big billfish (the best two have been 900 & 800 pounds) and not to mention the spectacular light tackle fishing on the inside reefs. Capt Luke tells me late September is a great time to enjoy all the species that the reef has to offer.

A short rundown of catches that my mate Stuey and I encounted (remembering Marlin were not our main targeted species for this trip)

  • 2 Black marlin 800 and 200lbs, jumped 2 others off, bites from 4 others which did not hook up and also raising a few more
  • Coral trout –  spear fishing, popper fishing and stick baiting
  • Spanish mackerel in plague proportions
  • Long Tail tuna’s
  • Yellowfin Tuna’s
  • Gt’s – popper fishing
  • Wahoo

Most of these fish were released and what was kept provided mouth watering dishes served up to us by Capt Luke, Dingo and Dean (Pup)

Late September is certainly the unsung hero of the Heavy Tackle Calendar, and if your are interested in fishing this time for 2010 on our new KEKOA 56′ please contact us.

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