Great fish­ing around rockwalls

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -


THE dam has been fish­ing con­sis­tently lately, with both cast­ing and trolling find­ing their mark.

Lots of fish seem to be get­ting caught cast­ing the trees lin­ing the old creek beds. Tar­get the ar­eas where the rain pushes the fresh wa­ter down the old creeks and into the dam, as the barra chase bait in the runoff.


There are plenty of crabs about, so it’s worth chas­ing them as the tides start to build. Care­ful throw­ing pots into the run­ning cur­rent dur­ing large tides, as they may be taken by the tide.

Tar­get barra around the runoffs as they chase the bait com­ing in from the flood plains.

Lind­say Dobe

Proser­pine Bait and Tackle


The Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club rockwalls are fish­ing well, with re­ports of small trout and span­gled em­peror be­ing caught.

Cannonvale Beach is a good place to take the fam­ily at the mo­ment, as good num­bers of whit­ing are be­ing caught, as well as prawns caught inthe shal­low flats.


There are some Span­ish mack­erel about, in the Hook Pas­sage and around Hay­man Is­land. As the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture changes, the num­ber of Span­ish should im­prove as we move to­wards mack­erel sea­son mid-year.

Look out for schools of long­tail tuna jump­ing about also.

Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle


There was some ex­cel­lent fish­ing at the reef last weekend, with plenty of bot­tom dwellers and sur­face fish taken.

There were some good catches of Span­ish mack­erel, with some qual­ity sizes be­tween 10-15kg re­ported.

This weekend should also pro­vide some good reef fish­ing con­di­tions, and the mak­ing tides to the new moon should see plenty of sur­face fish feed­ing.

Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Sports­fish­ing

MIGHTY MACK­EREL: Gold Coast res­i­dent Brendan Dowling caught some Span­ish mack­erel at the reef with Sea Fever last Satur­day.

GOLDEN HAND­FUL: Ger­man tourist Jan Leon caught this golden trevally off Pioneer Rocks on Sun­day us­ing live bait on­board Fish­dive Fish­ing Char­ters.

HUGE EF­FORT: Bowen Mao from Bei­jing caught this monster co­bia weigh­ing 25kg on her first fish­ing trip. While she had a lit­tle coac­ing from Whit­sun­day Fish­ing Char­ters skip­per Scotty Clark, she landed it unas­sisted af­ter 30 min­utes.

TREVALLY TREA­SURE: Sonny Metcalf from War­ren caught and re­leased this lovely golden trevally on­board Reel Ad­dic­tion Fish­ing Char­ters.

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