Good reef fish on the bite

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -


THE re­cent norther­lies have made for calm con­di­tions around the is­lands, and an­glers have been re­port­ing good catches of reef fish such as span­gled em­peror and co­ral trout through­out the is­lands.

There are still re­ports of lit­tle black mar­lin around, which is promis­ing for the Whit­sun­day Game Fish Club’s light tackle comp next week­end. A favourite haunt for mar­lin is the pad­dock off Hay­man Is­land. Trolling garfish rigged as a swim­ming or skip­ping gar should pro­duce good re­sults.


Trevally are be­ing caught off the rockwalls in front of the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club. Tar­get these fish us­ing strip or frozen baits or small min­now-type baits. Whit­ing are also be­ing caught off nice, flat beaches with plenty of shoals, such as Can­non­vale Beach or Swamp Bay.

Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle


The river has been fish­ing re­ally well over the last week, and will con­tinue to do so over the week­end. The barra are com­ing back on the bite as the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture in­creases. If these warm con­di­tions con­tinue for a fort­night, then the next small tide con­di­tions in about a week and a half, will be fan­tas­tic. All signs are point­ing to some cracker fish­ing in the rivers as sum­mer ap­proaches. There are only three sets of good tides left un­til the barra sea­son closes in Novem­ber, so en­joy it while you can.


There have been con­sis­tent re­ports of good catches at the dam, and should be great over the week­end as tonight’s full moon draws the fish out. As the wa­ter con­tin­ues to warm up, try cast­ing the shal­lows in the early morn­ing or late af­ter­noon or evening when there are low-light con­di­tions.


There have been lots of boats at the reef due to the fan­tas­tic weather over the last week. The deep wa­ter fished well for red em­peror, nan­ny­gai and some solid span­gled em­peror.

The shal­low reef was a lit­tle slow, es­pe­cially when the con­di­tions glassed out. Shal­low wa­ter fish of­ten go off the bite in a glass out, so it’s best to look for ar­eas with good tide move­ment or fish a lit­tle deeper when this hap­pens.

There were a few GTs taken on sur­face lures for those that put in the ef­fort.

The Span­ish mack­erel were not feed­ing well but there were still a few fish taken. Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Sports­fish­ing

AMAZ­ING MACK­EREL: Marg Schiv­inato from Bris­bane caught this great Span­ish mack­erel at the reef last Fri­day with Sea Fever.

GREAT CATCH: Lo­cal angler Mick Nolan with a 90cm bar­ra­mundi he caught at the Peter Faust Dam.

LUCKY TRIPLE: Lo­cal boys Simon and Jack Spencer and John Maloney with some lovely large mouth nan­ny­gai on board Barra 2 Bill­fish Fish­ing Char­ters.

SKILLED CATCH: This fan­tas­tic red em­porer was caught by Nar­dia Ri­cartti on Barra 2 Bill­fish fish­ing char­ter.

YOUNG GUN: Hud­son McGre­gor from Air­lie Beach caught this 19kg Span­ish mack­erel near Grassy Is­land on the week­end.

COLOUR­FUL FISH: Shirley Bur­doe caught this red em­peror out at Mon­tys Re­sort

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