Ex­pect good fish­ing when wind drops

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -

IS­LANDS

IN­DONE­SIAN snap­per have been caught off Grim­stone Point over the last week. They are a good eat­ing fish and can be found around head­lands where there is tur­bu­lent wa­ter and bait fish. Squid are be­ing caught in Shute Har­bour, both off boats and off the pon­toon. A good method to catch them is to cast live her­ring on a line at­tached to a float.

ROCKWALLS

There are still span­gled em­per­ors about and the odd barra are still turn­ing up around Muddy Bay and Port of Air­lie, de­spite the drop in wa­ter tem­per­a­ture.

Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle

DAM

The wind has made fish­ing dif­fi­cult at the dam, how­ever a few nice fish were caught late last week cast­ing the top of the trees in the deeper wa­ter. If it’s too windy for cast­ing, try trolling the main basin as a cou­ple of barra have been caught there lately, which is un­usual for this time of year.

RIVER

The tides are a lit­tle large in the river now, how­ever the fish­ing should im­prove early next week as the tides drop back dur­ing the quar­ter moon phase. In the last low tide pe­riod, king, or threadfin salmon were be­ing caught us­ing lures and live bait. Con­di­tions will be sim­i­lar next week, so ex­pect for this to hap­pen again.

As al­ways, it’s worth throw­ing a pot in for crabs while out on the river.

Lind­say Dobe Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

REEF

There was some fan­tas­tic fish­ing for Span­ish mack­erel over the week­end at the reef, al­though the wind made con­di­tions chal­leng­ing.

Fish up to 20kg were re­ported, as were plenty of school fish around the 6-10kg mark.

The reef fish­ing was a lit­tle slow but some qual­ity coral trout were taken.

Un­for­tu­nately, the windy weather looks as though it will con­tinue through un­til early next week.

Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Fish­ing Char­ters

FIRST FISH: Whit­sun­day Times jour­nal­ist Rhi­anna Bull en­joyed a day out on the wa­ter last week and caught and re­leased her first fish, a small coral trout.

FIERCE COM­PETI­TOR: Daniel Ger­hart with a 5.5kg slatey brim he caught while tak­ing part in the Mack­erel Chal­lenge com­pe­ti­tion on the week­end.

HAPPY AN­GLER: Con­nor McDer­mid with a fin­ger­mark bream he caught on the week­end while com­pet­ing in the Whit­sun­day Game Fish­ing Club's tour­na­ment on the week­end.

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