Per­fect con­di­tions ahead

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

IS­LANDS

Schools of long­tail tuna have been spot­ted in the pas­sage and around the is­lands. Look for the birds to find them. Small 20g me­tal slugs are ex­cel­lent for tar­get­ing the tuna. Cast them a cou­ple of me­tres in front or to the side of the school, and then re­trieve as fast as pos­si­ble, so that they im­i­tate bait fish that has strayed from the pack.

Th­ese fish make ex­cel­lent sushi or sashimi, it’s even worth hav­ing some soy sauce on your boat so you can try it im­me­di­ately.

The light norther­lies we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing now make for ex­cel­lent overnight fish­ing con­di­tions.

ROCKWALLS

Shute Har­bour has been a great place to fish lately, with squid and fish be­ing caught off the jetty.

Flick a squid jig at night or early morn­ing to at­tract the squid. Quee­nies and barra have also been re­ported there, usu­ally caught dur­ing the dawn or dusk pe­ri­ods. Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle

DAM

The dam has been fish­ing re­ally well as the tem­per­a­ture con­tin­ues to rise.

Try fish­ing the shal­lows in the early morn­ing, and as the day goes on, tar­get the trees around the creek beds, be­fore mov­ing back to the shal­lows for the low light con­di­tions in the af­ter­noon.

RIVERS

The smaller tides have made fish­ing con­di­tions ex­cel­lent lately. Trolling for kin­gies and barra has been pro­duc­tive and as the wa­ter con­tin­ues to warm the barra will re­ally fire-up. Try cast net­ting for prawns or mul­let, and then live bait­ing with your catch.

There have been some good re­ports of grunter also. Use slab baits like squid, sliced mul­let or gar to tar­get th­ese fish in the creeks. Lind­say Dobe Proser­pine Bait and Tackle REEF

The weather has turned for the bet­ter this week and it looks like it will hold out a lit­tle longer.

There was not a lot to re­port last week af­ter the strong south east winds, but now the tides are drop­ping out and this should make for good con­di­tions for fish­ing the reef.

Tuna schools are start­ing to show up around most reefs which is en­cour­ag­ing for sports fish­er­man.

Al­though th­ese fish are only small, they are good fun on light spin tackle.

Some nice GT’s have also been caught and re­leased throw­ing pop­pers around the pres­sure points of the reefs.

The span­ish mack­erel bite has eased up since the new moon last week, but should im­prove as to­wards the full moon on the 19 Septem­ber. Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Sports­fish­ing

DOU­BLE CATCH: Th­ese great fin­ger­mark were caught by Kurt Ben­nett from New South Wales on­board char­ter boat Barra 2 Bill­fish.

ALL SMILES: Lewis McDer­mid caught this fish with his par­ents at Wil­son's Beach two weeks ago.

FIRST CATCH: Ash­ton McDer­mid also caught a fish while fish­ing with fam­ily at Wil­son Beach two weeks ago.

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