Coral trout and bar­ra­mundi around

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

■ REEF

The fring­ing reefs around the is­lands have been see­ing some re­ally good coral trout be­ing caught over the past week.

An­glers are also land­ing plenty of grassy sweet­lip and blue bone in the area.

■ ROCKWALLS

Abell Point rock walls are fish­ing well with some very nice grunter be­ing caught on peeled prawns.

Flat­head are also in the area with soft plas­tics be­ing your best bet for bait. Live bait un­der a float is work­ing well for nice size queen fish and gi­ant trevally.

The ma­rina mouths are still pro­duc­ing nicely for bar­ra­mundi af­ter dark.

■ IS­LANDS

The outer part of the is­lands in­clud­ing Dol­phin Point, Ed­ward Is­land and Mack­erel Bay are get­ting re­ally nice span­ish mack­erel.

Try us­ing live fusiliers with the best bet be­ing to set them deep.

A few black jew­fish are also start- ing to get around Long Is­land and Whit­sun­day Pas­sage at night.

Bob Spees Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World ■ RIVER Dur­ing the small tide pe­riod late last week and over the week­end there were some good catches of both bar­ra­mundi and king fish on live bait and on lures.

The best live bait is prawns and prefer­ably mul­let if you can find them.

Lures and soft vibes are get­ting bites trolling the river.

There’s also still a few grunter around the river mouth on the rocks just up from the boat ramp which can be tar­geted on nor­mal dead bait.

■ DAM

Not too much has changed in the dam of late with plenty of bar­ra­mundi still hang­ing around in the shal­low weeds.

The prob­lem is get­ting them to play the game.

Per­sis­tence is the key with bites be­ing few and far be­tween.

The odd fish is be­ing caught on sur­face lures in the low light times, with a few also landed work­ing the edges of the weed with shal­low div­ing hard bod­ied lures and soft plas­tics.

There are fish be­ing caught trolling the open basin as well.

The new moon com­ing up this week­end will mean the real early morn­ings and late af­ter­noons will be the best times to get out there.

Lind­say Dobe Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

MON­STER: Sherry-Anne Payten reeled in this GT off Hook Is­land last Sun­day.

GT GOLD: Matt Dungey caught this nice GT at the VMR last Satur­day.

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