Schools of tuna among the is­lands

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -


THERE is still lots of bait fish about, and lots of long­tail schools have been sighted around the is­lands and in the pas­sages.

To catch the tuna, try cast­ing small 30gram slugs and plugs at the edge of the schools and re­trieve quickly.


School hol­i­days are here and there are a lot of fish to be caught off the shore­line, in­clud­ing whit­ing and flat­head. These can be caught off most beaches, which are ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one. There are also a lot of small co­bia be­ing caught along the shore­line, off both the beaches and the rockwalls.

Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle


The bite at the dam should start to im­prove as the full moon ap­proaches.

The odd barra is be­ing caught trolling the basin, how­ever most fish seem to be around the tim­ber in the river cour­ses and at the shal­low points and bays on the north east­ern side of the dam.

Con­di­tions should be good this weekend, if the low pres­sure sys­tem doesn’t come too far south.


If you plan to fish the river this weekend, tar­get the slack tides as the tides start to get big­ger closer to the full moon.

Lots of tide is good for crab­bing and there seems to be plenty get­ting around at the mo­ment.

Dayne Thomp­son Proser­pine Bait and Tackle


The neap tides at the reef over the last week pro­vided good con­di­tions for bot­tom fish­ing, with plenty of trout, red throat and some nice nan­ny­gai taken in the deep wa­ter.

The weather con­di­tions have not been ideal but hope­fully this com­ing weekend will see it im­prove.

There are still some mack­erel around, and the lead up to the full moon on April 15 should see them feed­ing well.

Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

BIRTH­DAY FUN: Whit­sun­day lo­cal David Mit­tel­stadt cel­e­brated his birth­day on­board Fish­dive Char­ters and is pic­ture here with skip­per James Field­ing and the huge co­bia he caught in Pioneer Bay.

LUCK LADY: Caro­line Fischer from the Nether­lands caught a nice Span­ish mack­erel while fish­ing with Whit­sun­day Fish­ing Char­ters.

BEASTY BARRA: Rob­bie McIntosh with a barra he caught in the river on the weekend.

HEFTY HAUL: Ja­son Durns­ford, Noel Gargner, Jack Durns­ford and Paul Durns­ford got into some Span­ish mack­erel and long­tail at the reef last weekend on board Sea Fever.

COLOURFUL CATCH: Dean Ship­way caught this beau­ti­ful red em­porer at Stucco Reef on the weekend be­fore last.

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