Con­di­tions make for dif­fi­cult fish­ing

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -


THE reef has been fish­ing well as usual with some top co­ral trout, span­ish mack­erel, em­per­ors, cod, long tail and ju­ve­nile yel­lowfin tu­nas, big GTs, sil­ver and golden trevally.

There are also plenty of ju­ve­nile black mar­lin, to which have been around in large num­bers for many months.

Sail­fish are be­com­ing more nu­mer­ous with the ad­vent of the warmer tem­per­a­ture and sea­sonal mon­soon cur­rents, which are, in turn usual for this time of year but mon­soon rains will not be here this year for another few months.

Hope­fully, the man on the land will sur­vive a bit longer un­til then.

They def­i­nitely need it.


The is­lands are the same as the reef, good as usual.

Try Hook Pas­sage trolling baits or lures for Span­ish mack­erel (which are still about in good num­bers) and on the leeward side of Whit­sun­day Is­land, an­chored and live bait­ing a fusilier or a ganged pilchard, ei­ther rig or on a float, into the drop off on the edge of the pas­sage.

Many a big Span­ish mack­erel have been caught here, as with many other species as well.

It’s a good spot when the wind is blow­ing, as per usual, from the south east.


There are heaps of queen­fish and GTs from the rocks and down at Shute Har­bour pon­toon at around 5am at the mo­ment, oth­er­wise they go off the bite as the light of day ap­proaches.

Pop­pers, plas­tics, small metal slugs and hard bod­ied lures work best.

Nearly any­thing works, just have lines in the wa­ter at dawn and hang on.

A quick re­minder: Reef Fin Fish clo­sures are be­tween mid­night on Oc­to­ber 21 to mid­night Oc­to­ber 25. Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle


Be­fore the strong winds kicked in the lake was fish­ing quite well as usual for the time of year but the fish are now scat­tered through­out.

As the wa­ter warms the fish move around quite a lot.

The fish are start­ing to show up on the troll out in the deeper ar­eas of the lake.

There are still quite a few be­ing caught in the shal­lows around the weed beds, but this de­pends on weather con­di­tions.


The Proser­pine River is go­ing to be a lit­tle harder to fish dur­ing the big tides and over the new moon pe­riod.

Around the time of the tide changes, when the cur­rent slows, there have been a few good grunter caught around the river and creek mouths.

Tar­get­ting them with strip baits such as mul­let or squid is prob­a­bly the best way to catch a few.

With the larger tides there should be a few mud crabs around but be care­ful not to put your pots where the cur­rent is too strong or they’ll get washed away.

Be sure to check out this week­end’s Reelax Garmin 2014 Whit­sun­day Game Fish Club’s Light Tackle Tour­na­ment.

Ac­tion starts on Fri­day morn­ing. Lind­say Dobe Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

TROUT OUT: Alex Cal­cutt from Mackay and his nice co­ral trout caught on Gone Fish­ing by Co­ral Sea Fish­ing Char­ters Air­lie Beach.

AFTER WORK FISH: Dion Vinci reeled in this 1.2m queen fish while fish­ing off Merv's Rock, Man­dalay last week.

FIRST CATCH: Isaac Ben­son, 5, caught his first co­ral trout off Can­non­vale last week.

ENOR­MOUS: This mon­ster GT was caught by Steve Smith with Gone Fish­ing by Co­ral Sea Fish­ing Char­ters Air­lie Beach.

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