River tides offer ideal fishing before barra season closure
THERE have been no reports of fish caught in the basin of the dam, so troll the sticks or cast the river courses to target the barra.
Try trolling the power line cut-in also.
The conditions should improve this weekend as the wind drops, and it’s worth throwing a pot in as there are a few red claw about.
The tides in the river are ideal for fishing at the moment, and with this being one of the last good tide periods before the barra season closure on November 1, it’s worth throwing in a line and try trolling upriver around the deeper holes and gullies, or casting the structures.
There have also been reports of grunter caught around the mouth of the river. Dayne Thompson Proserpine Bait and Tackle
Now the reef fish closure has lifted, you can target the reefies again and Friday looks like the best time to go with light winds around the islands.
There are plenty of red throat around, try jigging big single hook lures, squid or pillies for best results.
There are also lots of tuna still about, which are best caught using chrome slugs cast just to the side of the school.
There are some big flatties being caught at Airlie Creek near the lagoon.
Small plastics or frozen prawns on a 4kg line are really good.
Catching flatties is fun for all the family, and provides a great feed too.
Vary your cast and retrieve method, using different speeds to imitate bait. Geoff Philp Airlie Bait and Tackle
With the reef fin fish closure from the 2-6 October there was nothing to report for the reef fisherman.
The sport fisherman on the other hand had plenty of action with lots of mackerel both Spanish and sharkies on the chew over the dark moon.
Tuna are feeding everywhere on small baitfish and they were taking small metal slugs or hard bodied lures trolled as well as rigged garfish.
This week the tides will drop out and hopefully the weather will be suitable for a trip to the reef. Ashley Matthews Sea Fever Sportfishing
COLOURFUL CATCH: Evan Beale with a red throat emperor he caught while fishing with his family at the reef on Sunday.
HANDS FULL: Dylan Beale with a tasty coral trout he caught with Mum and Dad at the reef on Sunday.