Good fish­ing ex­pected over Easter weekend

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -


THE fish­ing days leading up to Cy­clone Ita were great, the fish ob­vi­ously sensed a change in the con­di­tions and were ac­tively feed­ing well and there were good reef and sur­face fish taken.

This week has the tides fall­ing af­ter the full moon. This means feed­ing ac­tiv­ity may slow a lit­tle, but we can still ex­pect rea­son­able fish­ing at the reef.

Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing DAM

The big barra have schooled up around the wall over the weekend to avoid the flood wa­ters. It is worth trolling through here as they will not hang around for long once the tem­per­a­ture drops.

We have had re­ports of barra caught up the river cour­ses where the fresh wa­ter is run­ning into the dam.


The fresh wa­ter run­ning into the river is get­ting the crabs on the move, so throw in a few pots while you’re out there.

Far up the rivers, such as Kelsey Creek, there are a lot of smaller bar­ra­mundi around as they get flushed into the river by the flood wa­ters.

There are also re­ports of lots of prawns at the mouth of the river.

Dayne Thomp­son Proser­pine Bait and Tackle IS­LANDS

The medium tides over the Easter weekend should make for good fish­ing on the fring­ing reefs around the is­lands. Co­ral trout and red throat are good fish to tar­get in these tides.

Queen­fish, GT’s and tuna can also be found in the open wa­ter, and while the wa­ters are a bit murky from all the rain we’ve ex­pe­ri­enced, we should ex­pect some good fish­ing over the hol­i­day pe­riod.


Some real fam­ily fun can be had fish­ing for whit­ing and bream off the beaches, in par­tic­u­lar Boathaven Beach. It is a safe and fam­ily friendly place to fish, and the tides this weekend should make con­di­tions ideal.

There are lots of prawns still about, which can be used for bait or a feed.

Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle

MAS­SIVE BARRA: Lieuwe Mellaw from Syd­ney caught his first barra at the dam on Mon­day, mea­sur­ing 120cm.

KING CO­BIA: Zan­der Gordin from the US caught this 16kg co­bia on­board Reel Ad­dic­tion off Hay­man on Tues­day morn­ing.

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