Reef con­tin­ues to pro­duce

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -

THERE have been good catches of co­ral trout, var­i­ous types of em­per­ors, wrasses and treval­lies.

As per usual, the reef is pro­duc­ing well with squid and pilchards be­ing the top baits.

There are Span­ish mack­eral, ju­ve­nile black mar­lin, long­tail tuna, co­bia, dol­phin fish, big­eye tuna and ju­ve­nile yel­lowfin tuna about the reefs.

They have been taken by trolling skirted lures, div­ing lures (shal­low and deep), high-speed lures, as well as rigged garfish, wolf her­ring and swimming mul­let.

There re­ally isn’t a lure you can’t use out there.

Chrome, alu­minium and stain­less steel lures are another way as well – if it has a shine to it, use it.


The is­lands are much the same as the reef but there are some nice blue tusk-fish from Ed­ward Is­land.

You can also catch per­mit and small bone­fish on fly-gear in Hill In­let.

The work­ers on most of the is­lands are hav­ing fun flick­ing pop­pers for gi­ant trevally and queen­fish at dawn and dusk as well as the best eat­ing of all treval­lies – the golden trevally.


There are lots of span­gled em­peror, big flat­head (caught on peel prawns) and some un- known big fish bust­ing up gear from the Port of Air­lie rocks as well.

Big squid are be­ing caught from the Shute Har­bour fish­ing pon­toon at dusk, dur­ing the night and at dawn.

Fish­ing is good but as per usual the moon and tides are im­por­tant.

Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle.


The dams are re­ally start­ing to fire up build­ing up to the next full moon.

The night bite should also get bet­ter.

For bar­ra­mundi check out the north-west side of the dam.

Try tar­get­ing them in the shal­lows at early morn­ing and late af­ter­noon us­ing shal­low div­ing lures and top wa­ter lures.

Dur­ing the day the deep tim­ber seems to be fin­ish­ing quite well – once again that’s in the north-west.

The odd bar­ra­mundi are get­ting trolled up in the main basin too.


With de­clin­ing tides the rivers should be­gin to fish well.

Try tar­get­ting the last of the run out tides us­ing fast, soft plas­tic vibes or live bait such as mul­let and prawns.

Crabs have been quiet lately.

There have been re­ports of bar­ra­mundi be­ing caught up Kelsey Creek.

Dayne Thomp­son Proser­pine Bait and Tackle.

BIG BITE: David Lene­han caught this beauty on After Dark Fish­ing Ad­ven­ture by Co­ral Sea Fish­ing Char­ters.

A WHOPPER: Ken Thomp­son with a 10kg long­tail tuna.

QUEE­NIE: Amy Stokes (Syd­ney) caught this queen­fish with guid­ance from cap­tain Ben Haynes (left) on Satur­day at Grim­stone Point while fish­ing with Fish­dive Char­ters.

MON­STER CATCH: Ash War­land caught and re­leased this 45kg sail­fish off Hay­man Is­land last week.

TROUT ABOUT: Tanya Le Mil­liere caught this beau­ti­ful co­ral trout on Gone Fish­ing by Co­ral Sea Fish­ing Char­ters Air­lie Beach.

MACK: Tommaso Maxmin­u­toli, 10, reeled in this spot­ted mack­erel on Sun­day while fish­ing in Pi­o­neer Bay with Fish­dive Char­ters.

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