Boathaven Beach fish­ing well

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN - Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing


THE dam is fish­ing well, with the deeper ar­eas of the main basin prov­ing par­tic­u­larly pro­duc­tive. Troll the basin us­ing 5-8m deep div­ing lures or among the trees at the creek lines.

The ap­proach­ing calm con­di­tions will also suit cast­ing the shal­lows with sur­face lures.


While the barra are off-lim­its, try tar­get­ing salmon, grunter and man­grove jacks in the rivers and creeks.

The jack’s love in­fra­struc­tures like rock bars and snags, and live bait like mul­let and prawns is prov­ing ef­fec­tive. Al­ter­na­tively, try cast­ing lures deep into the struc­tures. The Zerek prawn lures are par­tic­u­larly great for chas­ing jacks in tight cover.

As al­ways at this time of year, it’s worth throw­ing in some pots as the crabs are on the move.

Lind­say Dobe Proser­pine Bait and Tackle ROCKWALLS

Boathaven Beach has been fish­ing re­ally well, with re­ports of king salmon and sil­ver bream caught from both the rockwalls and the beach. Try cast­ing peeled prawns at the bot­tom of the re­ced­ing tide, just as it’s about to turn.

Can­non­vale Beach has pro­duced some mother-in-law, or slatey bream. For good re­sults, use bur­ley to get these fish in at­tack mode, and then flick bait jigs among the bur­ley trail.


Some good sized GTs have been caught around the is­lands, and in par­tic­u­lar in the Hook Pas­sage. The af­ter­noon run-in tides over the next cou­ple of days should make for ideal con­di­tions for catch­ing GTs. Try flick­ing pop­pers around this time of day for best re­sults.

The fly fish­ing in Fun­nel Bay has been pro­duc­ing some nice whit­ing.

Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle

REEF There were some con­sis­tent catches at the reef this week with all species hav­ing a feed.

Although the tides were quite large af­ter the dark moon, there were plenty of qual­ity co­ral trout, red throat and the odd nan­ny­gai caught.

Sharky and Span­ish mack­erel were also taken on lures and rigged garfish and there were plenty of GTs caught on sur­face pop­pers.

There are still a few sailfish around for the game fish­er­man also.

This week sees the tides drop­ping back be­fore build­ing again to­wards the full moon on the 17 De­cem­ber, which should make for a good time to head out and grab a feed for Christ­mas.

KING CO­BIA: Tas­ma­nian tourist Chris Van­den­broek with a mas­sive co­bia he caught while fish­ing with Bar­ra2Bill­fish Fish­ing Char­ters this week.

DAM FISH­ING: Greg Wil­liams from Mackay caught this 1m barra on the dam fish­ing with Proser­pine Lake fish­ing char­ter.

QUEEN OF A CATCH: Vinia Hy­chi­wachi from Syn­dey caught this queen­fish off White Rock on Sun­day while fish­ing with Fish­dive Char­ters.

MAS­SIVE MARLIN: David Wolf from Ger­many and skip­per Scott Clark with David's first marlin caught and re­leased off Hay­man Is­land on­board Reel Ad­dic­tion fish­ing char­ters.

FIRST FISH: Joseph Davey caught his first fish while fish­ing in the Whit­sun­days last week.

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