Good mack­erel sea­son pre­dicted

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT/REELIN’ IN -


As we move past the full moon and into a low pres­sure sys­tem, it will be harder to get an im­pound­ment bar­ra­mundi to bite in the dam.

Try tar­get­ing the tide turns in the early morn­ing or dusk on points or head­lands that re­ceive a lot of wind.

The wind blows bait and warmer wa­ter to these ar­eas, mak­ing them good places to tar­get.

The ap­proach­ing rain should bring the big fe­male barra out into the main basin, so trolling there may pro­duce re­sults.


The up­com­ing windy weather, com­bined with de­clin­ing tides will make the river a good place to fish.

Try tar­get­ing the holes and gut­ters with soft plas­tic vibes for threadfin and bar­ra­mundi.

Wil­son Rock’s at the mouth of the Proser­pine River is also pro­duc­ing some nice grunter and bar­ra­mundi on the slack tides.

We are re­ceiv­ing good re­ports of full crabs be­ing caught, so be sure to throw some pots in while you’re out there.

Dayne Thomp­son Proser­pine Bait and Tackle


There was some great fish­ing re­ported over the weekend, with par­tic­u­larly good catches of trout, red­dies and trevally around the is­lands.

A baby sail fish about 10kg was caught and re­leased off Hay­man Is­land.


There are still a lot of barra be­ing caught around the Air­lie rock walls.

They are smash­ing the zerek live cher­abin lures, with ev­ery colour ap­pear­ing to work.

The tourists have been hav­ing fun with blue fish and sweet­lip on peeled prawns around Shin­g­ley.

A huge shovel nose shark gave some lo­cals some ex­cite­ment when they hooked it on the out­side of the Abell Point rockwalls, but they fi­nally man­aged to re­leased it af­ter a cou­ple of hours.

Julie Philp Air­lie Boat and Tackle REEF

The ex­cel­lent weather over the weekend saw plenty of boats out on the wa­ter. The reef fished ex­tremely well with plenty of reef fish and span­ish mack­erel taken.

I don’t think I have seen span­ish mack­erel in these kind of num­bers caught at this time of the year, and al­though they are not big fish, with most av­er­ag­ing 5-10kg, it is a fan­tas­tic sign for the sea­son ahead.

The fish were caught on both hard bod­ied lures and wog head rigged garfish and slow trolling the reef pres­sure points is the best method. The reef was alive with schools of tuna also feed­ing with the mack­erel on the abun­dance of bait­fish. The winds look like they are on the in­crease again but hope­fully it will ease over the weekend.

Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Sports­fish­ing

GI­ANT GT: Jake Thomp­son caught this large GT fish­ing around the is­lands on big sur­face lures.

BEAU­TI­FUL QUEE­NIE: Gold Coast res­i­dent Jared Vi­tanza caught this queen­fish off Pioneer Rocks while on char­ter with Fish­dive.

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