Tides make for favourable fish­ing

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -

REEF

THERE have been some great catches of red em­peror and nan­ny­gai over the last week, with some fish up to 9kg re­ported.

Some good reef species have also been taken in the shal­lows.

Tides should be good for all species over the com­ing week, and hope­fully the winds will ease to make for good con­di­tions at the reef.

Wish­ing ev­ery­one a Happy Christ­mas, and look­ing for­ward to some more great fish­ing in 2014. Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Sports­fish­ing

DAM

Con­di­tions on the dam haven’t changed much in the last cou­ple of weeks. The fish are still scat­tered through­out the dam, and haven’t moved in large num­bers to the basin yet. This means you can tar­get the fish through­out the dam, and choose your fish­ing spots de­pend­ing on con­di­tions.

If you want to take the kids fish­ing over the Christ­mas break, but the con­di­tions are a bit windy, then trolling the basin is a great op­tion.

RIVERS

Con­di­tions on the rivers also haven’t changed much in the last few weeks due to the lack of rain. The cur­rent large tides will drop back over the next few days and the kin­gies and grunter should be on the bite again in the Proser­pine River.

While the crabs are a bit scarce at the mo­ment, any rain should flush them out and kick them into ac­tion. Lind­say Dobe Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

ROCK WALLS

Some large grunter and flat­head have been caught around the Port of Air­lie rockwalls on peeled prawn. One grunter weighed in at just un­der 8kg, so it’s worth throw­ing in a line tar­get­ing the big­ger fish.

IS­LANDS

There are plenty of bait fish around the is­lands, which means the big­ger fish should be also be in tow. The oc­ca­sional mack­erel are still be­ing caught by trolling 4-5m deep vi­brat­ing lures. The bright orange colours are prov­ing par­tic­u­larly suc­cess­ful.

One lucky lo­cal hooked a 7ft long co­bia on live bait this week.

Air­lie Bait and Tackle are hav­ing a clear­ance sale on this weekend, so pass by to get some great Christ­mas bar­gains. Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle

GI­ANT GT: Luke White from Mo­ran­bah caught this nice GT at the reef last week with Sea Fever.

DOU­BLE HANDED: Ash War­land and Chris De Marchi with some beau­ti­ful red em­por­ers they caught at the reef on the weekend.

COLOUR­FUL CATCH: Sea Fever's deck­hand Paul Mo­ran holds up a nice red em­peror caught at the reef on Wed­nes­day.

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