Prawns run­ning in sea and river

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -


WHILE there have not been many re­ports of fish caught in the rivers re­cently, there have been good re­ports of prawns caught us­ing drag or cast nets.

Try cast­ing the drains on the run out tide for best re­sults.

There are also still lots of crabs about, so throw in a pot while you're on the river.


The back of the dam has been fish­ing well. Tar­get the shal­low weed beds with shal­low div­ing hard bod­ied lures around the points and head­lands. Cast­ing the deep tim­ber on the river cour­ses is also pro­duc­ing fish, while trolling the basin has been a bit quiet.

Dayne Thomp­son Proser­pine Bait and Tackle


There are good num­bers of trout, em­peror and sweet­lip re­ported around the is­lands. There is a lot of dirty wa­ter about from all the rain run-off, so look for the cleaner wa­ter to try your luck.

Delo­raine Is­land is still pro­duc­ing mack­erel, and there is still the occa-

sional small black mar­lin about also.


There is lots of barra be­ing caught off the rockwalls and in Muddy Bay near the en­trance to Port of Air­lie, op­po­site Her­mitage Drive.

Try cast­ing im­i­ta­tion prawns or min­nows, re­triev­ing them in a way to look like real fish.

There are prawns be­ing caught in the shal­lows off Cannonvale Beach, us­ing a cast or drag net.

Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle


Good con­di­tions were ex­pe­ri­enced for those that ven­tured out to the reef last week.

It seemed most people caught a rea­son­able feed, with good num­bers of span­ish mack­erel in the 6-10kg range caught, which is a great at this time of the year.

The GT were a lit­tle slow, which is prob­a­bly due to the full moon on Satur­day. These fish will feed more over the next week or two with the full moon be­hind us.

Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Sports­fish­ing

GOLDEN CATCH: By­ron Lane from Bowen caught this golden trevally us­ing live baits in Pioneer Bay while fish­ing with Air­lie Beach Fish­dive Char­ters.

MIGHTY MACK­EREL: Natalina Inglis caught this 10kg span­ish mack­erel at the reef on Satur­day.

GREAT CATCH: Lo­cal res­i­dent Jay An­gel caught this 16kg co­bia at the Pin­na­cles on Sun­day.

DOU­BLE HANDED: Aaron Murtagh caught these lovely trout at the reef on the weekend.

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