Bar­ra­mundi caught in Air­lie’s Muddy Bay

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -

ROCKWALLS

THE rockwalls are fish­ing well now the wind has died down, and the bar­ra­mundi sea­son has opened again. In par­tic­u­lar, there are re­ports of good size barra be­ing caught off the rockwalls around Muddy Bay and Port of Air­lie.

Grunter and man­grove jack are also be­ing caught, and span­gled em­peror can be found off the sail­ing club rockwalls.

IS­LANDS

Span­ish mack­erel are still be­ing caught around the is­lands. Hook Pas­sage is prov­ing par­tic­u­larly suc­cess­ful. Try an­chor­ing op­po­site Hook Is­land, close to Whit­sun­day Is­land and float­ing live or dead baits in the cur­rent.

There are still a lot of bait fish around, in­clud­ing rib­bon fish. Rib­bon fish make great bait. A good way of catch­ing these is by cast­ing small metal slugs with tre­ble sinkers.

Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle

DAM

There have not been many catches re­ported lately at the dam, but this should im­prove with the full moon over the week­end. The im­pound­ment barra will be fish­ing well again, and on the bite through­out the night and day.

Try fish­ing the weed beds around the river course with soft plas­tics and shal­low div­ing lures.

Also, try trolling the basin with deep div­ing lures for good re­sults.

RIVERS

There is a lot of fresh wa­ter in the rivers af­ter all the rain we’ve had and a lot of the barra have pushed up into the flood plains.

There are lots of crabs around, par­tic­u­larly around the mouth of the river.

Dayne Thomp­son Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

REEF

Not much to re­port this week due to the strong winds, how­ever the con­di­tions this week­end look ex­cel­lent.

The fish­ing should be good, hav­ing had very lit­tle pres­sure over the last month, and while there is a full moon the tide move­ment will not be too bad.

Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Sports­fish­ing

DOU­BLE TROU­BLE: Ben Beare and Ash­lee Young from Bendigo caught these bar­ra­mundi while es­tu­ary fish­ing with Bar­ra2­bill­fish on Tues­day.

BEN'S BARRA: Air­lie Beach res­i­dent Ben Reiss caught and re­leased his first barra, mea­sur­ing 106cm, at the Peter Faust Dam on Fe­bru­ary 6.

QUEEN CATCH: Lo­cal res­i­dent Jo Vig­gars caught this large queen­fish off South Molle with Whit­sun­day Fish­ing Char­ters.

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