Warm weather brings bar­ra­mundi back

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -


THE barra are back on the bite as the dam heats up with the warmer weather, with some good size catches re­ported last week.

Fish­ing the shal­lows of the deep wa­ter is get­ting good re­sults, so try cast­ing the sticks at the back of the dam.

The next two weeks should see con­di­tions im­prove even more, how­ever the red claw are still a bit patchy.


The tides are start­ing to get smaller, which means the wa­ter should clear and fish­ing con­di­tions should im­prove. There are threadfin be­ing caught and more re­ports of barra as they start to be­come ac­tive again in the warmer salt wa­ter.

Vibe lures are ef­fec­tive if tar­get­ing salmon and try trolling or cast­ing the drains if tar­get­ing barra.

Dayne Thomp­son Proser­pine Bait and Tackle IS­LANDS

It’s that great time of year again when the ju­ve­nile black mar­lin are be­ing found around the is­lands. Try trolling garfish or mul­let to catch the bill­fish. The best time of day is around mid-morn­ing, how­ever they can be ag­gres­sive biters through­out the day also. The pad­dock off Hay­man Is­land is prov­ing a good place to tar­get, you might even jag a mack­erel there. Re­ports of mack­erel catches are also com­ing in good num­bers. They are be­ing sighted every­where, es­pe­cially around the outer is­lands. Dou­ble Cones has been pro­duc­ing some nice coral trout and sweet­lip va­ri­eties.


The GTs have gone a bit quiet, how­ever the quee­nies are still around, as are the barra. Fish­ing off Cannonvale Beach has been yield­ing some good catches also.

Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle REEF

Fish­ing the reef has been steady over the last week, with the nice weather. On the days it glassed out or when we had a lit­tle north west in the wind the fish were a lit­tle on the shy side and not re­ally feed­ing well.

Once the wind came back around to the south east, the bite in­creased and some good fish were re­ported. There are good signs for sport­fish­er­men with some sail­fish and black mar­lin show­ing up. This will hope­fully con­tinue for a few more months yet.

The build­ing tides to the new moon next week should see the best mack­erel fish­ing for the month. Hope­fully the weather will be kind and al­low us to get out there.

Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Sports­fish­ing

WHAT A BEAUTY: Jeff Ni­c­holes caught this lovely red em­peror at the reef last week.

IM­PRES­SIVE CATCH: Sezze Jane Fitzger­ald with a queen­fish caught on a 10lb line off Bowen last week.

SMALL FRY: Greg Auricht and his 4-year-old daugh­ter April had fun reel­ing in this small fish they caught to­gether at the Port of Air­lie boat ramp last week.

NICE BARRA: Ben Wood­ford with a bar­ra­mundi he caught in a lo­cal river last week­end.

BUSY WEEK­END: Rob Da­ley with one of sev­eral Span­ish mack­erel he caught at the reef over the week­end on garfish.

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