Calm winds and big tides over weekend

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -


THERE are still some nice barra around Boathaven Beach and where the rockwalls meet the man­groves fur­ther in Muddy Bay, near the en­trance to Port of Air­lie.

This is also a good place to tar­get grunter, man­grove jacks and es­tu­ary flat­heads. Fish­ing for these species are great fun for the kids. There are big tides this weekend, so fish the bot­tom of the tides off the shores for best re­sults.


This weekend will pro­vide a good chance to head out to the is­lands as the breeze drops right back.

There will be big, fast mov­ing tides, so try fish­ing the in­side of the fring­ing reef on the in­com­ing tide and the out­side of the reef in the out­go­ing tides. Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle


The build­ing tides to next week’s full moons means there should be am­ple crabs about.

Grunter are also be­ing caught at Wil­son’s Rocks, at the mouth of the river. Tar­get them on the slack tides.

If you’re chas­ing barra or thread­ies, try fish­ing the run offs up-river.


It’s a great time to head to the dam, as the barra bite will im­prove as the full moon ap­proaches, and you can fish through the day and into the night. The south-easterly winds have cooled the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture down, so chase the barra in the warmer wa­ter around the shal­low weed beds and points, and the deep tim­ber in the river course. Dayne Thomp­son Pros­per­ine Bait and Tackle


There is noth­ing to re­port from the reef over the last week, but it is look- ing much more pos­i­tive for this com­ing weekend. The full moon is on Mon­day, 17 March so there will be a bit of tidal move­ment over the weekend and I would an­tic­i­pate good fish­ing for all species.

This could be a great op­por­tu­nity to get out to the reef as we just don’t know when the next windy pe­riod will turn up! Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

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