Moderate winds for this weekend
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 visit www.daff.qld.gov.au/fisheries/ 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.