Crabs on the move in rivers and creeks

Whitsunday Times - - CLASSIFIEDS -


THE rivers haven’t been fish­ing well due to the high tides, how­ever this should im­prove over the week­end. Un­for­tu­nately, the Proser­pine River boat ramp has not re-opened so Wil­son’s Beach boat ramp is still the best ramp to ac­cess the river, mean­ing you have to time your fish­ing trip with the tides to get up river. This is a shame, as the crabs are run­ning thick af­ter the rain last week and as the wa­ter clears up we will see the barra and threadfin pick-up.


Dam level’s are back up in the 90’s, how­ever there was no over-spill last week so no barra lost.

All this cold rain wa­ter means the barra are sit­ting deeper in the wa­ter in shut­down mode, how­ever this will change quickly over the next week, when the fish­ing should im­prove again. Dayne Thomp­son Proser­pine Bait and Tackle IS­LANDS

There has not been many re­ports of catches from around the is­lands lately. All the fresh wa­ter run­ning off the land has made the wa­ter cloudy, which many species don’t favour. It’s a great time to fish closer to shore as some species chase the bait run­ning out with the fresh.


Barra sea­son opened again last Satur­day, and there have been some good catches re­ported al­ready. The rockwalls around Boathaven are prov­ing pro­duc­tive, as is the Port of Air­lie boa­tramp. The mouths of the creeks and rivers are fish­ing well for barra, jacks and flat­head. An­other re­ally great place to fish is where the man-made rockwalls meet the man­groves in Muddy Bay near the Her­mitage Drive round­about on Shute Har­bour Road. You can find barra and grunter there, look­ing for bait, par­tic­u­larly at the bot­tom of the tide. Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle REEF

There is not much to re­port from last week, due to the weather. It is not look­ing too flash over the com­ing week ei­ther, how­ever if the weather gods do end up smil­ing on us, the neap tides will pro­duce good fish­ing con­di­tions. Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

BIG HAND­FUL: Chris Collins caught a 16kg, 120cm co­bia off Long Is­land, in the fam­ily tinny. Chris, from Gre­vil­lia in NSW, was very happy with his hol­i­day catch.

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