Fan­tas­tic con­di­tions for great fish­ing

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -

IS­LANDS

CON­DI­TIONS for fish­ing have been fan­tas­tic over the last week and there have been good re­ports of trout, red­dies and good size mack­erel stream­ing in.

There are also plenty of fusiliers about, which are great for tar­get­ing mack­erel. Try jig­ging for them, and chop­ping them up or us­ing them as live bait.

The area east of Hay­man has been fish­ing very suc­cess­fully.

ROCKWALLS

The sooty grunter are on the bite, with tiny min­now and pop­pers lures prov­ing very suc­cess­ful.

There have been some amaz­ing re­ports of Zerek Prawn lures get­ting absolutely smashed to pieces by fish off the rockwalls, es­pe­cially around the Port of Air­lie walls. Th­ese lures are very re­al­is­tic, and have been get­ting smashed by barra and al­most ev­ery other kind of fish.

Julie Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle

DAM

Dur­ing the calmer con­di­tions, the fish­ing has been con­sis­tently good in the dam, which in­di­cates that we are in for a good sea­son ahead. Most of the fish be­ing caught aver­age around the 1m mark. Try cast­ing the deeper trees, and as the weather warms, try cast­ing or jig­ging Vibe-style lures in the main basin as the fish start to show up there.

RIVERS

The rivers fished well over the re­cent quar­ter moon phase. Qual­ity kind salmon were caught on both live bait and lures. A few barra have shown up, and this will im­prove as the next quar­ter moon ap­proaches mid-next week.

There are some nice grunter around the rocks at the mouths of the rivers and creeks. Tar­get them with dead bait like squid and slab mul­let.

Lind­say Dobe Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

REEF

The mod­er­ate winds have re­sulted in or­di­nary reef fish­ing con­di­tions lately, how­ever we man­aged a few days out there, which pro­duced some steady catches of trout and red throat from off the bot­tom and some Span­ish mack­erel off the sur­face.

A few tuna schools are start­ing to show up around the reef, which is sur­pris­ingly late as the species are usu­ally spread through­out the is­lands and chan­nels by this time of the year. Other pelag­ics such as mar­lin and sail­fish come with th­ese tuna schools, and there have al­ready been sail­fish around the reef which is ex­cel­lent news as the Whit­sun­day Game Fish Club’s an­nual tour­na­ment on 3-6 Oc­to­ber is fast ap­proach­ing.

Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Sports­fish­ing

FIRST MAR­LIN: Deck­hand Paul Mo­ran helps Chris Wright hold up his first ever black mar­lin caught last week at the reef with Sea Fever.

ON THE MARK: Lee South­ern with 76cm fin­ger­mark that he caught fish­ing around the is­lands last week.

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