Is­lands are pro­duc­ing the goods

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN | ON THE WATER - Bob Spees Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World


With the quar­ter moon com­ing up this week­end the tides will drop back and it should be per­fect tides for fish­ing the Proser­pine River.

It will de­pend how much rain we get over next few days but weather per­mit­ting there should be barra and king salmon around.

Live bat­ing with mul­let, prawns or dead her­ring are great ways to tar­get the barra and the kin­gies while trolling deep div­ing lures and work­ing the sandbar drop off with soft vibe lures are also ef­fec­tive.

Crabs have also been prom­i­nent so there’s a good chance to chase some mud­dies.


The dam has been quiet and didn’t fish over the full moon pe­riod as well as we thought it would.

The ma­jor­ity of the bet­ter fish caught were done so trolling in the main basin.

Things haven’t changed much in the past few weeks due to a lack of rain.

If it does rain it should start to fish dif­fer­ently.

Lind­say Dobe Proser­pine Bait and Tackle


THE is­lands are look­ing good this week with nice trout be­ing caught on the fring­ing reefs. There’s also been some good gi­ant trevally around Hook Pas­sage, Ed­ward Is­land and through the pas­sage at Hay­man Is­land.

If the winds don’t kick up too much, the shoals should prove a good spot for red em­peror and nan­ny­gai.


Nice bar­ra­mundi, man­grove jack and fin­ger mark are be­ing caught around the ma­rina mouths.

The best bet for bait is to use live mul­let.

Around the cor­ner from Grim­stone Point has also been fish­ing re­ally well over the last week.


Weather con­di­tions have made fish­ing the reef hard over the past week, but those mak­ing it out there are get­ting some good mack­erel, coral trout and red throat.

The best method is to troll around the reef’s edge.

Tuna are also been seen in strong num­bers on the reef which is some­what un­usual.

Cobia are still in the area mak­ing it well work float­ing out a few pilchards.

MAIDEN CATCH: Can­non­vale's He­len Smith caught and re­leased her first cobia at Dou­ble Rock last Satur­day.

BEAUT BARRA: Char­lie Do­herty re­trieved this barra from the Proser­pine River last week.

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