Tides ideal for fish­ing river

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -


CON­DI­TIONS are cur­rently ideal through­out the river. The tides are great and there are plenty of barra and king salmon about. The whole river is fish­ing well. Live bait­ing or trolling lures and cast­ing soft plas­tics around the sand­bars and snags should pro­duce some qual­ity fish.

Th­ese great tide con­di­tions should last through­out the week­end.


With the warmer wa­ter the bar­ra­mundi are scat­ter­ing through­out the dam, so there are a more places you can tar­get the fish.

Try cast­ing the shal­lows at low light, and the deeper ar­eas of the dam dur­ing the day. Trolling is im­prov­ing, and you will be­gin to find more schools of barra mov­ing to the open wa­ter in the main basin. Try trolling lures or jig­ging soft plas­tic vibe style lures for best re­sults.

Lind­say Dobe Proser­pine Bait and Tackle


There have been lots of sight­ings of long­tail tuna around the is­lands. The best method to catch one of th­ese de­li­cious fish is to cast 20g me­tal or chrome slugs just out­side the school and re­trieve your line quickly to im­i­tate a stray bait fish.

There have been good re­ports of nice coral trout, dif­fer­ent kinds of cod and mack­erel also.


There have been lots of queen­fish caught off the rockwalls lately, with pop­pers a pop­u­lar way to catch them.

Cast and re­trieve the pop­per to make a lot of com­mo­tion on the sur­face of the wa­ter, mak­ing the pop­per im­i­tate bait fish and at­tract the quee­nies.

Live her­ring has also been ef­fec­tive.

There have also been barra caught in Muddy Bay and around Abell Point Ma­rina, as the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture gets warmer.

Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle


The fan­tas­tic weather last week saw many boats, but de­spite the weather, the fish­ing has been be­low usual stan­dards.

It could be that the calmer con­di­tions have put the fish off the bite, and you have to work harder to get a good feed.

There are plenty of tuna schools around feed­ing on small bait fish. Th­ese are fun to catch on light spin­ning gear cast­ing small me­tal slug lures. The wa­ter tem­per­a­ture is in­creas­ing up to­ward 25 de­grees and the sharks are be­com­ing very ac­tive and steal­ing hooked fish at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity. The good tides this week­end will be pro­vide good con­di­tions for fish­ing the deeper shoals tar­get­ing red em­peror and nan­ny­gai.

Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Sports­fish­ing

LEARN­ING FROM THE BEST: Luke Grif­fiths from Rene­gade Char­ters, Natalina Inglis from Cruise Whit­sun­days, and Rob Pax­e­vanos (host of Fish­ing Aus­tralia) with a Span­ish mack­erel they caught while film­ing at the outer reef last week.

HAND­FUL: Terry Lin­den­berge from Chin­chilla caught this 7kg nan­ny­gai at the reef on Satur­day with Sea Fever.

BIG SQUID: Chantelle Re­nea Star­ling caught this mas­sive squid at Shute Har­bour on Mon­day night, with help from Zach Goode.

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