Abun­dance of bait­fish make for great fish­ing

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -

REEF

THERE are still plenty of reefies about, such as co­ral trout, nan­ny­gai, em­per­ors and many more.

Ju­ve­nile black mar­lin are still about – they are ex­cel­lent fun on a light line or if you’re into sport­fish­ing.

Span­ish mack­erel, a few dol­phin­fish, tuna and wa­hoo are about chas­ing the abun­dance of bait­fish.

Black mar­lin are also feed­ing on Span­ish mack­erel, tu­nas and wa­hoos so it’s a smor­gas­board out on the reef at the mo­ment.

It’s also ‘fish on’ up north at the mo­ment. It’s half­way through the Li- zard Is­land week-long black mar­lin only, tag and re­lease com­pe­ti­tion.

There are re­ports of 1200lb (600kg), 1136lb, and many 800-600lb black mar­lin be­ing tagged and re­leased.

IS­LANDS

The is­lands are pro­duc­ing nice fish, and the weather Gods were kind enough to stop blow­ing for once over the week­end.

Shute Har­bour and Air­lie Beach car parks are be­ing flooded with cars and boat trail­ers.

They were get­ting into some big red em­peror at Ed­ward Is­land on the western side. Try very early in the morn­ing us­ing peeled prawns, squid and pilchards for bait.

Mid-morn­ing, they go off the bite but that is nor­mal. A few queen­fish, Span­ish mack­erel, GTs and the like are also on the bite.

ROCKWALLS

Big flat­head, bar­ra­mundi, man­grove jack, cod, whit­ing and dif­fer­ent types of treval­lies are strong around Can­non­vale Beach, Shin­g­ley Beach, the Sail­ing Club rock­wall and Shute Har­bour pon­toon.

Prawns, squid, pilchards and lures are also pro­duc­ing well.

Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle

RIVERS

Neap tides have seen good num­bers of bar­ra­mundi be­ing caught.

There are also good num­bers of threadfin sal­mon be­ing caught up Kelsey Creek’s cut through.

Grunter are also be­ing found around the mus­sel beds up from the river ramp.

A good time to tar­get them is on the last of the run out tides and first of the run in.

There are a few crabs get­ting around too.

DAMS

The bar­ra­mundi are pretty scat­tered.

With a mix­ture of north-east and south-east winds they’re down the old river course as well as up far north.

Tar­get the shal­lows in the morn­ing and af­ter­noon – cast in the deep tim­ber dur­ing the day time.

There are also re­ports of big fe­male bar­ra­mundi be­ing trolled in the main basin. Deep div­ing lures are rec­om­mended.

Dayne Thomp­son Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

MAIDEN CATCH: Ash­ley Pedulla caught his first bar­ra­mundi in the Proser­pine River last week. It mea­sured in at 65cm.

HOOKED: Mar­garet Wal­ters caught this 3.5 kg sweet lip while fish­ing on Gone Fish­ing by Co­ral Sea Fish­ing Char­ters Air­lie Beach.

HUGE: Ray Collins with a nice slatey bream on After Dark Fish­ing Ad­ven­ture with Co­ral Sea Fish­ing Char­ters Air­lie Beach.

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