River fish­ing bet­ter in smaller tides

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -

IS­LANDS

DE­SPITE the weather con­di­tions, those brave enough to head out on the wa­ter re­ported good catches of mack­erel and red throat.

The usual lo­ca­tions, like Mack­erel Bay, Dol­phin Point and Hook Pas­sage are worth tar­get­ing.

Fly fish­er­men will be happy as there have been some re­ports of schools of bone fish in the area. A cou­ple of good fly pat­terns to try are the Lefty De­ceiver with the red head/white feather, the Clouser or the Pink Thing.

ROCKWALLS

Grunter and quee­nies are be­ing caught off the rockwalls around Abell Point Ma­rina and the sail­ing club. The best baits to use are mul­let fil­lets or peeled prawns.

Whit­ing around the 30cm mark are be­ing caught off the shore at Cannonvale Beach us­ing live yab­bies. The yab­bies can be caught with a bait pump in the mud around this area.

Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle DAM

There are a few barra about at the mo­ment. They are be­ing caught through­out the dam, in­clud­ing in the shal­lows in calm weather us­ing sur- face lures. Cast­ing the tops of the tress around the creek beds with hard bod­ied, deep div­ing lures has also proved ef­fec­tive, as has been trolling the main basin.

RIVER

The re­cent smaller tides have pro­vided some good fish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in the river. The warmer con­di­tions mean there are still some barra about, as well as king salmon.

Use live bait if you can find it. Oth­er­wise troll lures that dive down to about 5m like the RMG

scor­pion and poltergeist.

Lind­say Dobe Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

REEF

There is lit­tle to re­port from last week as the weather con­di­tions were pretty tough. This com­ing week­end looks promis­ing with calmer winds ex­pected. There is a dark moon on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 7. The days pre­ced­ing this moon should see the Span­ish mack­erel feed­ing well. Trolling the pres­sure points of the reef with gang hooked garfish and hard bod­ied lures will be the most ef­fec­tive method to hook a mack­erel. The tides over the week­end should be rea­son­able for the bot­tom fish­er­man chas­ing a feed.

Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Fish­ing Char­ters

SKIP­PER'S CATCH: Char­ter skip­per Scott Clarke with a mas­sive mauri wrasse weigh­ing about 30kg that was caught and re­leased on­board Reel Ad­dic­tion on Satur­day.

GREAT TROUT: Gale Younger from Bris­bane caught this coral trout on­board Reel Ad­dic­tion off Hook Is­land.

GT TIME: Han­nah Brown caught this golden trevally at the en­trance of Abell Point Ma­rina on soft plas­tics.

MON­STER MACK: Nick Tzou­lias from Melbourne with a Span­ish mack­erel caught aboard Reel Deal Whit­sun­day Fish­ing Char­ters.

LILY'S CATCH: Lo­cal Lily Chap­man caught and re­leased this beau­ti­ful har­lequin tusk fish at North Molle Is­land last week­end.

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