Lots of bait fish caught off the shore

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -


THERE are schools of big her­ring get­ting about the rocky head­lands and in Shute Har­bour. These fish are great for bait, and can be caught us­ing a cast net at any time of day. They are be­ing caught in good num­bers from the Shute Har­bour pon­toon.

There are also grunter and barra be­ing caught off both Port of Air­lie and Abell Point Ma­rina rockwalls.


De­spite all the fresh wa­ter about, there are still plenty of fish along the shore­line and among the is­lands. Look­out for long­tail tuna when cross­ing the pas­sage. There were a cou­ple of small sail­fish re­port­edly caught around Hay­man trolling Halco 5m deep divers. Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle


There are a few re­ports of barra been trolled in the basin, but most of the ac­tion has been in the deep tim­ber in the river cour­ses and the north east­ern points and bays of the dam.

The best time to tar­get these ar­eas are in the morn­ing and af­ter­noon.


The small tides made for great fish­ing in the river over the weekend.

Bait fish­ing at Wil­son Rocks at the mouth of the river or tar­get­ing gut­ters and holes us­ing soft plas­tics of live baits were good op­tions.

There are plenty of crabs about, so throw in a cou­ple of pots while out there. Dayne Thomp­son Proser­pine Bait and Tackle


THE re­cent great sea con­di­tions were a wel­come re­lief for an­glers head­ing to the reef. The build­ing tides to the new moon made per­fect con­di­tions for chas­ing pelag­ics and Span­ish mack­erel were in ex­cel­lent num­bers if you could avoid the sharks.

There were some qual­ity reefies also re­ported with red throat, trout and red em­peror taken.

There are still plenty of sur­face feed­ing tuna around most reefs, in­clud­ing lots of mac tuna with a few long­tail thrown in. Some boats from the Whit­sun­day Game Fish Club made the trip out to the con­ti­nen­tal shelf over the weekend, and plenty of fish were taken.

Yel­lowfin tuna, wa­hoo and Span­ish mack­erel made up the bulk of the catches and all the boats had a lot of fun.

This week has the tides neap­ing, mak­ing good con­di­tions for reef fish­ing. Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

GI­ANT GT: Cannonvale res­i­dent Ash O'Mara show­ing off a nice GT he caught at the reef on the weekend.

HOL­I­DAY HAP­PI­NESS: Syd­ney res­i­dent An­dre Gon­za­les caught and re­leased this monster quee­nie off North Molle, with Whit­sun­day Fish­ing Char­ters.

HEFTY HAND­FUL: Zac Hawker was one happy boy af­ter catch­ing his first red em­peror, weigh­ing over 10kg at the reef on the weekend. He is pic­tured here with Chris Dunn.

PER­SONAL BEST: Proser­pine Bait and Tackle's Dayne Thomp­son with a beau­ti­ful GT, which was his per­sonal best, caught at the reef over the weekend.

HAPPY MACK: Damien Bor­land from Bris­bane caught this mack­erel last week off Pioneer Rocks on­board Fish­dive Char­ters.

KING CO­BIA: Ge­orge Clark from Seal Rocks got this awe­some 20kg co­bia while fish­ing on­board Reel Ad­dic­tion off Hay­man Is­land.

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