Crabs on the move in rivers and creeks
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.