Span­ish mack­erel bit­ing in the reef

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -


THE reefs are still get­ting some good Span­ish mack­erel on the run out tides.

The deeper wa­ter has seen some nice nan­ny­gai be­ing caught, with 35m depths work­ing the best.

Plenty of trout and red throat are get­ting around the fring­ing reefs as well in 10m wa­ters.

The best bet for bait at the mo­ment is to try pilchards and squid.

Grant Spees Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World


The rockwalls around Air­lie Beach and the edg­ings around the en­trance to the ma­rina have seen some good fish­ing this week, with nice man­grove jack, bar­ra­mundi and grunter be­ing caught.

For bar­ra­mundi and man­grove jack try us­ing live mul­let at night or early in the morn­ing, with peeled prawns or garfish fil­lets work­ing the best for grunter.


The full moon this Fri­day will make fish­ing the is­lands more dif­fi­cult.

How­ever, there’s still Span­ish mack­erel and cobia be­ing caught, with a few billfish also seen in the area.

For bot­tom fish­ing, try the fring­ing reefs at 10-15m with coral trout and grassy sweet­lip be­ing caught on pilchards and squid.

Bob Spees Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World


Small tides dur­ing last week­end saw the river fish fairly well.

There are quite a few barra be­ing caught both on live bait and lures. The guys that were us­ing the soft or quick catch vibes did quite well find­ing the school barra on the sound and then hop­ing the vibes through the schools.

There were a few salmon or kin­gies about and again both were caught us­ing live baits and lures.

The fish­ing will be a bit tougher as the tides have built-up how­ever the next quar­ter moon will bring small tides and should be re­ally good fish­ing.


The dam is pretty well the same as it has been for the past few weeks.

Fish are scat­tered through­out the dam, with barra be­ing caught in the shal­lows on sur­face lures and soft plas­tics but the ma­jor­ity of good fish are be­ing caught on the troll in the main basin us­ing the soft vibes. Once you’ve lo­cated the fish along the creek lines in the dam, hop­ing them across the bot­tom has also been ef­fec­tive.

Lind­say Dobe Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

WHAT A CATCH: Deb­bie Smith caught her first di­a­mond trevally at the week­end in the bay.

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