Red em­peror on the bite at reef

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -


THERE are some nice red em­peror and sweet lip around the is­lands. Try bot­tom bash­ing us­ing pil­lies or squid for best re­sults.

Some large squid are be­ing re­ported, and lots of bait fish are be­ing caught in Shute Har­bour.

Hope­fully the weather will clear up by the week­end, and ev­ery­one can get out on the wa­ter again.


There are still grunter about the rockwalls, as well as big flat­head. Win­ter whit­ing are be­ing caught in the shal­lows us- ing prawns and beach worms. They are great fun for the kids to catch, and are good eat­ing fish.

Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle DAM

There were a few fish caught over the week­end in the warmer, calmer con­di­tions. The fish were caught in the shal­lows on the sur­face of the wa­ter or trolling the basin.

The red claw have been patchy, so spread your pots out to find where they are work­ing.


The larger tides with the full moon has made fish­ing a bit slower in the rivers, how­ever there are a few crabs about.

This week­end and early next week will see the tides drop and there should be qual­ity threadfin about. Trolling lures may pro­duce some fish, how­ever cut baits such as mul­let and prawns are most pro­duc­tive this time of year.

Lind­say Dobe Proser­pine Bait and Tackle


There was fi­nally some good weather for fish­ing the reef last week­end and plenty of boats were out on the wa­ter chas­ing a feed.

There were of re­ports of some Span­ish mack­erel up to 30kg caught and plenty in the 8-12kg range.

The red throat em­peror were on the bite but the coral trout bite seemed un­usally slow.

The big tides at night build­ing to the full moon on Tues­day made for tough con­di­tions fish­ing the deeper wa­ter.

The sports fish­er­men had some fun catch­ing some qual­ity GT’s that were taken on sur­face pop­pers.

Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Fish­ing Char­ters

STAND­ING TALL: Rock­hamp­ton res­i­dent Joel Rus­sell took ad­van­tage of the great con­di­tions on Satur­day and caught this 30kg span­ish mack­erel at the reef on­board Sea Fever.

MON­STER MACK: Jim Byrum from Gold Coast caught a Span­ish mack­erel on Sun­day at Hook Is­land on­board Reel Ad­dic­tion.

HANDS FULL: Mick Har­ris from Rock­hamp­ton caught and re­leased this qual­ity GT at the reef on Satur­day with Sea Fever.

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