Con­di­tions im­prov­ing for an­glers

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -

REEF

CON­DI­TIONS have im­proved af­ter the rain last Thurs­day and Fri­day.

There have been re­ports of good catches of pelagic fish, such as yel­low fin tuna and Span­ish mack­erel.

Ju­ve­nile black mar­lin have also been spot­ted, while coral trout have been off the bite.

Fish­ing in deeper wa­ter was fruit­ful for nan­ny­gai and red em­peror.

This week sees rea­son­able tides and hope­fully the weather will hold.

Winds are fore­cast to come up again on Satur­day; how­ever con­di­tions are good for both Thurs­day and Fri­day.

Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Sports­fish­ing

IS­LANDS

There’s still some mack­erel hang­ing about while bait fish are plen­ti­ful. GTs have been strong once again, as have queen­fish while there has been plenty of bait fish get­ting around.

There’s a lot of reef fish about, in­clud­ing var­i­ous types of em­peror.

There was a re­port of a nice 30kg mack­erel caught by a yachty trolling through Hook Pas­sage.

The winds will pick up to­day, af­ter sev­eral calm days on the wa­ter.

ROCKWALLS

Flat­head, ju­ve­nile co­bia and the oc­ca­sional barra have been spot­ted off the rockwalls.

There have been re­ports of lots of live bait, in­clud­ing her­ring as well as large and small prawns.

Trevally have been get­ting about while there has been queen­fish caught off the float­ing pon­toon at Shute Har­bour.

Long tail tuna, Span­ish mack­erel and sil­ver bream have also been spot­ted.

Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle

RIVERS

With the small tides last week there were a few fish about but not as many as we would’ve thought.

There was some king sal­mon caught on live bait as well as lures, how­ever they weren’t on the chew as much as we would’ve thought.

As the tides went down, a few grunter started to show with re­ports of sev­eral good catches around the rocks near the boat ramp.

There are still a few mud­dies about how­ever that should start to pick up as the weather warms.

DAMS

The dams are start­ing to fish okay, but it’s still a lit­tle slow due to the cool weather.

It should start to fish well ev­ery time we get light winds, so it’s def­i­nitely worth a go.

As the wa­ter starts to warm it’s a good idea to watch for slightly warm ar­eas.

Even 1c can make quite a bit of dif­fer­ence.

Lind­say Dobe Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

SEE­ING RED: Adam North caught this huge red em­peror while fish­ing with Bar­ra2Bill­fish Fish­ing Char­ters this week.

WHAT A CATCH: Leonard Trefz reeled in this im­pres­sive mahi mahi north of Hay­man Is­land at the week­end.

DIN­NER: Chloe Bunce caught this mahi mahi off Hay­man Is­land last week­end.

SUN­DAY CATCH: Nykole John­son caught this stun­ning queen­fish at Shute Har­bour on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

BABY BLUE: Ilya Hensel (Mel­bourne) caught this 65cm blue sal­mon on Mon­day in Bluff Bay while fish­ing on board Fish­dive Char­ters.

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