Winds caus­ing havoc for an­glers

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN - Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle

GET­TING a bite has proven dif­fi­cult this week, with un­help­ful weather and strong wind mak­ing life tough on the seas.


A few sal­mon and barra have been caught over last set of small tides; how­ever most of the barra have been un­der­sized. These small fish should be get­ting around later in the year, mak­ing for good fish­ing come summer time.

The ma­jor­ity of fish caught in the river over the past week have been through trolling or us­ing small, deep-div­ing lures and live bait. There hasn’t been a lot of kin­gies caught, but those that were reeled in were of good size.

River fish­ing will be dif­fi­cult over the com­ing weeks with the larger tides.


A few barra have been caught work­ing around the creek lines on the western side of the dam.

Due to the windy weather these ar­eas have been fairly ex­posed, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult.

Things will be quiet on the lake un­til the wind drops back.

There has been the odd fish trolled up in the main basin.

As a last re­sort, you could al­ways head there, par­tic­u­larly in the windy weather.

How­ever the fish­ing at the basin will be very slow.

Lind­say Dobe Proser­pine Bait and Tackle


The reef is not look­ing flash. The winds are go­ing to hang around past the week­end so the best ad­vice is to steer well clear of the reef. The wind through­out this week has also made fish­ing im­pos­si­ble, so there’s not much to re­port.

Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Sports­fish­ing


There has been plenty of fin­ger mark around the shore­line as well as the un­com­mon species of oarfish.

Small barra are also be­ing caught while those at­tempt­ing to catch span­gled em­peror are ad­vised to use zerek or live shrimp plas­tics.

Grun­ters have also been sighted, with peeled prawns and mul­let fil­let prov­ing es­pe­cially ef­fec­tive as baits.

Good-sized brim have been caught in Air­lie Creek, while your chances of nab­bing dusky flat­head will be im­proved by fish­ing at night, with a light line.


There are re­ports of fish­ers catch­ing quee­nies out there, and all sorts of trevally, GTs, co­ral trout, heaps of bait fish and fin­ger mark brim.

Small bill­fish and black marlin are get­ting about the is­lands, es­pe­cially around Hay­man.

The winds will hang around for another week or so, mean­ing shore­line fish­ing is your best bet.

Back­pack­ers are also ad­vised to steer clear of eat­ing rib­bon fish.

There have been sev­eral re­ports of tourists dining on this species how­ever they are bet­ter suited as bait.

MON­STER QUEE­NIE: Rus­sell White (Noosa) and skip­per Ben Haynes caught this queen­fish us­ing baits last Thurs­day off Pioneer Rocks while on board Fish­dive Char­ters.

HUGE CATCH: Ge­or­gia Mur­ray caught this 25kg Span­ish mack­erel off Hook Is­land last week­end. Here she is pic­tured with Jeff from Whit­sun­day Seafood, who is help­ing hold the big catch.

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