Plenty of bites on the reef

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT REELIN’ IN -

ROCKWALLS

A YOUNG man got a nice Span­ish mack­erel just off the rocks at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.

He jumped out of the wa­ter and fought like hell but he man­aged to catch it.

There’s plenty of fish around, par­tic­u­larly around Shute Har­bour.

Queen fish and small pop­pers are pop­u­lar with plenty of grub­ber also about. The best times to fish are ei­ther early morn­ings or late af­ter­noons.

IS­LANDS

The is­lands have been fish­ing re­ally well, with re­ports of plenty of nice reef fish.

Co­ral trout, long-tailed tuna and plenty of mack­erel were the or­der for the weekend while the lit­tle black mar­lin have also been bit­ing.

There are plenty of bait fish around the is­lands, but over­all con­di­tions were re­ally good last weekend.

Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle

DAM

The dam hasn’t been fish­ing that well so you might have to work a bit harder this week for im­pounded bar­ra­mundi due to cur­rent cold con­di­tions.

Try and tar­get warmer wa- ters and the deep tim­ber around river cour­ses us­ing deep div­ing lures.

RIVERS

There are a few crabs get­ting around but the rivers haven’t been fish­ing that well.

The fish­ing in the river should start to im­prove with less fresh wa­ter get­ting through.

The tides are quite big this weekend so it should be good for crab­bing. The best op­tion is to tar­get tide turns due to the big tides.

Dayne Thomp­son Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

REEF The reef has been fish­ing ex­cep­tion­ally well over the last week.

Good re­ports with plenty of fish taken off the bot­tom and pelagic species on the sur­face.

Quite a few re­ports of bill­fish also show­ing up, both ju­ve­nile black mar­lin and sail­fish. There’s an abun­dance of bait­fish be­tween the is­lands and the reef, and these big­ger pelagic species won’t be far away.

The lo­cal fish­ing club will be host­ing the an­nual mack­erel chal­lenge from June 6-8.

Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Sports­fish­ing

COLOURFUL CATCH: Tim Wil­liams from New South Wales caught a beau­ti­ful red em­porer on the weekend while on a char­ter with Bar­ra2Bill­fish Fish­ing Char­ters.

BEAU­TI­FUL CATCH: Whit­sun­day lo­cal Ash War­land with a huge nan­ny­gai he caught while fish­ing on the reef over the Easter-long weekend.

MIGHTY BARRA: Cannonvale res­i­dent Ross Martin caught this 1.2m bar­ra­mundi at the Proser­pine Dam last week.

BIG HAND­FUL: Mark Vette with a beau­ti­ful large mouth nan­ny­gai he caught over the Easter-long weekend.

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