Bait fish a plenty at Shute Har­bour

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -


GREAT weather con­di­tions had plenty of boats hit­ting the reef chas­ing some qual­ity fish­ing ac­tion on the week­end.

There were some ex­cel­lent re­ports of Span­ish mack­erel taken both trolling the pres­sure points of the reefs and also live bait­ing while on an­chor bot­tom fish­ing.

Fish­ers also re­ported good num­bers of trout, red throat and other mixed reef species from the shal­low wa­ter and some qual­ity em­peror and nan­ny­gai from the deeper shoals. It looks like the weather will hold for a lit­tle longer so this week­end could see some more qual­ity fish­ing to be had. Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing Whit­sun­days


Some nice red em­peror and a mixed bag of reef fish have been caught around the is- lands this week. There are plenty of Span­ish mack­erel about and lots of re­ports of wolf her­ring, which are the num­ber one fish to use to catch Span­ish mack­erel.

Fish­ers should float them out or try trolling to get the best re­sults.

Schools of her­ring have been spot­ted around Shute Har­bour and some per­mit fish were also caught there, us­ing im­i­ta­tion crab flies as bait.


There is still a lot of grunter around and there have also been re­ports of some big flat­head caught us­ing live poddy mul­let as bait.

Cod are re­act­ing well to prawns, squid and pilchard and have been tak­ing the bait off plenty of lines over the last week. The oc­ca­sional barra’ is still be­ing caught with an­glers us­ing deep-div­ing lures. Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle


The warmer, calm con­di­tions have made for great fish­ing in the dam with good size barra’ be­ing caught in a num­ber of spots.

The best places to tar­get are the trees that line the creeks on the Western side of the lake, as bar­ra­mundi are at­tracted to the warmer wa­ters on that side.


Tides are a lit­tle large at the Proser­pine River due to the new moon but it’s still a good idea to go and chase some crabs.

If the good weather con­di­tions con­tinue un­til the quar­ter moon phase next week the river should fish very well for salmon and a few bar­ra­mundi. Lind­say Dobe Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

BIG BLUE­BONE: Ri­ley Chisholm holds up a 70cm blue­bone caught while spearfish­ing last week.

FISH­ING TO­GETHER: Kevin and Deb­bie Smith with some im­pres­sive tur­rum fish they caught out at the reef last week.

IS­LAND CATCH: Bret McLean made the most of the week­end's glo­ri­ous con­di­tions and caught this coral trout while fish­ing around the is­lands.

MADE RAY'S DAY: Ray Cook with a Span­ish mack­erel caught near Day­dream Is­land with no help from his mum or dad.

TROUT TIME: Whit­sun­day res­i­dent Rob Turner with a 70cm coral trout he caught while fish­ing on Sirocco last week.

DEB­BIE'S CATCH: Deb­bie Smith with the red em­peror she caught while fish­ing out at the reef last week.

MAS­SIVE MACK­EREL: Han­nah Brown reeled in this mas­sive 30kg Span­ish mack­erel while fish­ing at Nara In­let on Satur­day morn­ing.

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