It’s cer­tainly the sea­son for catch­ing big mar­lin

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN - Dayne Thomp­son Proser­pine Bait and Tackle


THERE’S some av­er­age con­di­tions over the last week which has re­sulted in some mixed re­ports from the reef, how­ever there’s been some great catches of mack­erel and reef fish.

The clean wa­ter has pushed in from out wide which has brought with it yel­lowfin tuna, wa­hoo and dol­phin fish for the game fish­er­man.

There’s been some re­ports of a few mar­lin and sail­fish ei­ther seen, hooked or caught are also fil­ter­ing through.

The weather is im­prov­ing just in time for the week­end so it could be a good op­por­tu­nity to get out to the reef and catch a fresh feed.

Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing


There’s been re­ports of span­ish mack­erel, nan­ny­gai, dophin fish, red em­peror, coral trout and co­bia be­ing caught around the is­lands with ju­ve­nile black mar­lin, sail­fish and long­tail tuna be­ing caught closer to the reef.

Black mar­lin and sail­fish can be found around Hay­man Is­land.

Small metal plugs of 25g are your best bet for catch­ing long tail tuna.

As mar­lin sea­son is kick­ing off up north, you can ex­pect to catch some big ones.


There’s been plenty of rib­bon­fish out and about at the rockwalls over the past week.

The best spots for a catch are at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club, Abell Point Ma­rina and the Shute Har­bour pon­toon.

There’s also been re­ports of moses perch, grunter, king threadfin and whit­ing.

For the best catch of grunter use big prawns and small prawns for both king threadfin and whit­ing.

Small metal lures and divers can be used for the rib­bon­fish.

Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle


With the de­clin­ing tides, the river should start to fish well this week­end.

There have been re­ports of qual­ity grunter be­ing on the mus­cle beds just up from river ramp.

Threadfin sal­mon and barra are be­ing caught with lures and live bait­ing in the deep holes.

There have also been a few crabs be­ing caught so it might be worth­while to pack the crab traps.


With the re­cent good weather, the barra has been com­ing with a good bite.

There’s been re­ports of barra tak­ing sur­face in the shal­low bays where the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture has risen.

Plenty of barra are also be­ing caught at the tim­ber line of the old dam course.

For lots of bites, try us­ing deep driv­ing body lures.

SEE­ING RED: Michael Seng caught this 82cm red em­peror at Hook Reef dur­ing the week.

RIP­PER CATCH: Mick Caw­ley (Syd­ney) caught this large mouth nan­ny­gai last week while at the reef with Sea Fever.

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