River tides of­fer ideal fish­ing be­fore barra sea­son clo­sure

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -


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.

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