Big barra caught in the 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.
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.
Proserpine Bait and Tackle
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.
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
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.