Big barra caught in the dam

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -

DAM

THERE have been plenty of re­ports of big bar­ra­mundi caught in the main basin of the dam. Try trolling 5-8m div­ing lures, as the fish are sit­ting un­usu­ally deep. Al­ter­na­tively, try cast­ing soft plas­tics and sur­face lures around the weed beds along the western banks where the wa­ter is warmer. The bar­ra­mundi sea­son clo-

sure on Novem­ber 1 does not ap­ply to the dam.

RIVERS

The river has been pretty quiet due to the in­creas­ing tides, which make it dif­fi­cult to fish. If you do ven­ture out there, try to go at the turn of the tides. The crabs like the high tides, so throw some pots out while you’re there.

Dane Thomp­son

Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

ROCKWALLS

There have been re­ports of some nice whit­ing and flat­head caught, with lots of peo­ple chas­ing both fish. Try us­ing lit­tle bits of squid, prawns or small plas­tics. Tar­get the whit­ing off Boathaven Beach and the flat­ties around Air­lie creek.

IS­LANDS

Fish that can be tar­geted while the reef fish clo­sure is in place are bream, co­bia, flat­head, treval­lies, man­grove jacks, queen­fish and pelagic. The wind has been chop­ping and chang­ing so try fish­ing close to the shore­line or make the most of breaks in the

weather to get out to the is­lands. Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle

REEF

While the reef fish clo­sure is on, try tar­get­ing Span­ish and sharky mack­erel around the pres­sure points of the reef. As the wind re­main at 15- 20knots it can be dif­fi­cult to make it out to the reef but there have been re­ports of plenty of long tail tuna and some large mar­lin caught out the back of the is­lands. Ash War­land Pres­i­dent Whit­sun­day Game Fish Club

GREAT GT: Peter Larsem with his first GT, caught around the Ed­ward group of is­lands.

SEE­ING RED: Heidi and Si­mon Pierce with two lovely red em­per­ors they caught while on char­ter with Bar­ra2­bill­fish.

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