Whit­sun­day an­glers happy as weather is per­fect

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN - Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Sports­fish­ing

ROCKWALLS

THERE were a cou­ple of nice bar­ra­mundi caught in Muddy Bay last week. Th­ese fish were around the 6kg mark and caught off the rockwalls. There have also been de­cent squid caught off the shore and walls be­tween Shute Har­bour and Abell Point Ma­rina. Th­ese are su­perb eat­ing when fresh. I rec­om­mend lightly flavour­ing them with gar­lic, and then pan fry­ing them very quickly over high heat. De­li­cious!

IS­LANDS

Con­di­tions have been out­stand­ing for fish­ing the is­lands lately. Good num­bers of ju­ve­nile black mar­lin have been sighted around the is­lands as they be­gin their mi­gra­tion north, which means we should be in for a great bill­fish sea­son.

They are chas­ing bait such as garfish, which have also been spot­ted in large num­bers.

Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle

RIVER

The re­cent full moon and larger tides have pro­vided good con­di­tions for crab­bing. Try throw­ing your pots in the gul­lies out of the tidal run and around the river mouth. Some salmon and grunter have also been caught around the river mouth.

DAM

The dam has been fish­ing well lead­ing up to the full moon. Try cast­ing the tops of the trees, or trolling the rope lines near the river mouth.

The best time to fish is when the wa­ter warms up, around mid-morn­ing to mid-af­ter­noon, us­ing barra baits.

Tim Tu­tureski Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

REEF

The ex­cel­lent weather lately has seen many large and small boats head to the reef in search of fish.

Al­though the weather was great, catches at the reef have been a lit­tle be­low nor­mal and most an­glers have had to work hard to catch a good feed.

Some qual­ity red em­peror and nan­ny­gai have been caught in the deeper shoals and some nice trout caught around the reef edges.

The Span­ish mack­erel were a lit­tle patchy over the neap tides and not a lot of fish were taken. There were, how­ever, some qual­ity mack­erel caught while live bait­ing at an­chor.

CO­BIA CATCH: Isaac An­dreou from Air­lie Beach with a co­bia he caught on­board the Reel Deal, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing Char­ters, off Hook Is­land.

HAND­FUL: Nick Fen­ton from Mackay caught this Span­ish mack­erel at the reef on Fri­day with Sea Fever.

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