Ju­ve­nile co­bia caught off lo­cal rockwalls

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -

ROCKWALLS

THERE have been good re­ports of ju­ve­nile co­bia be­ing caught off the rockwalls around Muddy Bay. Co­bia are an ex­cel­lent eat­ing fish, and can be caught by bot­tom bash­ing with large peeled prawns.

There are some nice quee­nies still about in the morn­ings. Try flick­ing pop­pers or live her­ring for good re­sults.

IS­LANDS

The wind should be drop­ping off later to­day, so this weekend should be a good time to get out among the is­lands if the breeze stays away.

Bill­fish such as small black mar­lin and sail­fish are still run­ning around the is­lands in good num­bers and make for fun fish­ing. Catches of tuna and span­gled em­peror have also been re­ported.

Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle

DAM

The dam has been fish­ing re­ally well, and will con­tinue to get bet­ter as the full moon ap­proaches. Best time of day to fish is on ei­ther side of day­break. Try cast­ing the deep and shal­low wa­ter de­pend­ing on the weather. A re­minder that there is a tour­na­ment on at the dam this weekend, so the ramp will be busy at peak pe­ri­ods.

RIVER

Con­di­tions for fish­ing the river have been ideal, but will be tougher now the tides are get­ting big­ger again. Tar­get the turn of the tide, when the wa­ter runs at its slow­est.

It’s worth throw­ing a few crab pots in also, now the tides are in­creas­ing.

Lind­say Dobe Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

REEF

There has been lots of ac­tion at the reef over the last week with good re- ports of reefies and pelagic species around.

Some nice trout about 65cm have been taken, as have a few red throat em­peror and other mixed species.

Sharky mack­erel are school­ing up along the reef edges feed­ing on small bait­fish. Th­ese fish are best tar­geted by ei­ther flick­ing small metal lures or trolling small hard-bod­ied lures along the shal­low reef edge. Don’t be sur­prised if you pick up a few nice trout this way also. Some solid GT's have also been taken on pop­per lures on the pres­sure points. The weather is not look­ing so bril­liant in the com­ing week, with the full moon ap­proach­ing it could be a good time to tar­get some bill­fish in the shel­ter of the is­lands.

Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Sports­fish­ing

KYLIE'S CATCH: Kylie Spees caught and re­leased this mas­sive bar­ra­mundi, mea­sur­ing 125cm at the dam on Tues­day morn­ing.

MAN­GROVE MAGIC: Jake Thom­son with a nice 43cm man­grove jack he caught in the Proser­pine River last week.

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