Mod­er­ate winds for this weekend

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -


THE dam has been fish­ing well in the full moon phase, al­though the stronger winds have made con­di­tions a lit­tle tough.

Some good qual­ity fish have been caught, in­clud­ing larger fish in the main basin.

Tar­get th­ese fish by trolling div­ing lures or jig­ging with soft plas­tics or soft vibes in the early morn­ing or at the end of the evening.

The an­nual Lake Proser­pine Jack Er­sk­ine In­vi­ta­tional Catch and Re­lease Tour­na­ment was held over the weekend, with 126 bar­ra­mundi caught by the 100 com­peti­tors.

The tour­na­ment is held by the Faust Dam Fish Stock­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, and al­ways at­tracts good num­bers of an­glers from all over the state. Peter Price took out over­all cham­pion an­gler, and Bren- ton Bishop caught the long­est barra at 118cm. Or­gan­is­ers said the event was a suc­cess and thanked spon­sors and com­peti­tors for their sup­port.


The tides have been ideal in the river, and there are plenty of salmon and bar­ra­mundi about. The barra sea­son closes on Novem­ber 1, so get out there for you last chance to catch one un­til Fe­bru­ary 2014.

Live bait­ing and trolling lures have worked well, with soft vibes like the Quick Catch Lure prov­ing very ef­fec­tive. Lind­say Dobe Proser­pine Bait and Tackle


There have been re­ports of queen­fish and golden trevally caught at Shin­g­ley Beach. Th­ese fish were caught cast­ing the cor­ners close to the rockwalls us­ing live her­ring or big prawns.

Some coral trout have also been caught off the rocks at Coral Beach, near Shute Har­bour. Try large prawns or mul­let fil­let in the late af­ter­noon for best re­sults.


The reef fish are on the bite, and GT’s and tuna schools are still about in good num­bers around the is­lands. There have been re­ports of tuna schools in The Pad­dock off Hay­man, which is a known haunt for bill fish. Some good fish are be­ing caught a cou­ple of kilo­me­tres off the is­lands, if you can find a break in the weather. A re­minder that the coral reef fin fish clo­sure starts at mid­night Oc­to­ber 30 to mid­night 4 Novem­ber. This clo­sure in­cludes coral trout, sweet­lips, em­per­ors, snap­per and cod species and more. For more in­for- ma­tion please visit­eries/ re­cre­ational/rules-reg­u­la­tions/ closed-sea­sons-tidal-waters. Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle


The smaller tides and the mod­er­ate winds fore­cast for this weekend should make fish­ing the deeper shoals for red em­peror and nan­ny­gai pro­duc­tive. Fish­ing in the early morn­ings when the tides are smaller is rec­om­mended.

Red throat and coral trout can be caught around the fring­ing reefs, un­til the coral reef fin fish clo­sure comes into place from mid­night, Oc­to­ber 30 un­til mid­night 4 Novem­ber and th­ese species can­not be tar­geted. Ash War­land Pres­i­dent Whit­sun­day Game Fish Club

TOP FISH­ER­MAN: Peter Price won cham­pion an­gler at the in­vi­ta­tional fish­ing tour­na­ment on the dam on the weekend. He is pic­tured here with Faust Dam Fish Stock­ing As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Lind­say Dobe.

GOOD RE­SULT: Philip Tude­hope caught and re­leased this 93cm barra in the weekend in­vi­ta­tional at the Faust Dam out­side of Proser­pine.

WEEKEND CATCH: Whit­sun­day res­i­dent Jamie Walker with a barra he caught and re­leased over the weekend.

BIG­GEST BARRA: Bren­ton Bishop won largest catch on the weekend with a 118cm bar­ra­mundi he caught at the in­vi­ta­tional barra fish­ing tour­na­ment at the Faust Dam.

SAIL AWAY: Arthur Yencken and char­ter skip­per Chris Collins with a sail­fish caught off Hay­man Is­land on­board Reel Deal, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing Char­ters.

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