Plenty on the bite with tide changes

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -


THERE have been good re­ports of dog­tooth tuna from the out­side of the reef in the deep holes along with job­fish, red em­peror, co­ral trout and man­grove jack. The dog­tooth tuna were taken on 200g knife jigs, when the jigs were be­ing dropped down in deep wa­ter for the red em­peror that were tar­geted. They (the dog­tooth tuna) are ex­cel­lent eat­ing, and are white-fleshed, mak­ing them tastier than your usual red-fleshed tu­nas. There are still a few Span­ish mack­erel be­ing caught – use troll lures or baits.


There are plenty of GTs, queen­fish, co­ral trout, nan­ny­gai, and many oth­ers be­ing caught.

Popular baits such as pilchards, squid and large prawns are work­ing well.

Plas­tics, pop­pers and metal slugs are al­ways a good way to start fish­ing for those of you un­fa­mil­iar with the trop­i­cal species of fish and wa­ters.

Han­d­lines (80lbs) and 6/0 hooks, eight-ball sinkers, squid or pilchards are the eas­i­est way to get started for reef fish­ing.


There are still lots of big flat­head about.

They are ex­cel­lent fun on a light line, and easy for young kids just start­ing out.

You’ll hear plenty of sto­ries from the kids about the ‘one that got away’ or ‘didn’t get away’.

You can also catch span­gled em­peror and trevallys along the rockwalls, and bar­ra­mundi from the mouth of the Air­lie Creek on small plas­tics.

Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle


With the warm con­di­tions the full moon should start to fire fish­ing up at the dam.

Gen­er­ally with a full moon use low light hours – early morn­ing and at night or late af­ter­noon. The shal­low ar­eas should fire quite well with the warmer con­di­tions.

From now on a lot of fish should start show­ing up in the main basin.

Trolling deeper div­ing lures and work­ing soft plas­tics through the schools are the best way to tar­get them in open ar­eas.

Keep in mind that the Peter Faust Dam Fish­ing Stock­ing As­so­ci­a­tion have its an­nual tour­na­ment up there on the week­end.

Be pre­pared for a bit of a wait at the ramp if you’re head­ing to the dam.


There have been re­ally large tide move­ments with the full moon.

Rivers and creeks will be harder to fish with large tides.

It’s best to tar­get the up­per reaches and also the tide changes when the cur­rent slows.

The next set of small tides in a week’s time should fish well for bar­ra­mundi and king sal­mon.

Lind­say Dobe Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

FIRST CATCH: Reef Un­der­wood, 4, caught his first long tail tuna last week.

MAGIC MAR­LIN: Tris­tan Gross­mann caught and re­leased his first mar­lin while fish­ing near Molle Is­land last week.

WHAT A CATCH: Brad Wil­li­son caught this dol­phin fish just wide of Pen­te­cost Is­land.

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