Reef pro­duc­ing fol­low­ing big tides

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -


ALTHOUGH we had big tides re­lated to the new moon on Fri­day, the fish­ing at the reef last week was good.

Sur­pris­ing is the num­ber of small Span­ish mack­erel get­ting around and good num­bers with many caught.

The av­er­age size is around 5-6kg and are quite easy to catch.

Th­ese fish don't gen­er­ally take live baits but a float­ing pilchard on a small gang hook or trolling hard bod­ied lures is the most suc­cess­ful method.

Some nice trout have also been taken over the week­end along with nan­ny­gai in the deeper shoal grounds.

Hope­fully the good weather will con­tinue for the next week as the tides are drop­ping off.

Ash Matthews Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing


The is­lands will have some mag­nif­i­cent tides in the late af­ter­noon com­ing into night on the back of the new moon, mean­ing it’s the per­fect time to chase those red em­peror and nan­ny­gai around the shoals.

Coral trout and grassy sweet­lip are also be­ing caught in good num­bers around Dou­ble Cone Is­land on the fring­ing reefs.

Mack­erel Bay is worth a shot for mack­erel on the run out tides us­ing jigs on the bot­tom, with cobia in the area as well. Some spots to try are Leaper Shoal, Pe­trel Is­land and Ed­wards Is­land.


The rockwalls are pro­duc­ing well again this week.

The best spots to try are around the Port of Air­lie and the Abell Point rockwalls with some real nice bar­ra­mundi still be­ing caught in the area.

Good grunter are also mak­ing an ap­pear­ance around the rock walls.

Bob Spees Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World


With the small­ish tides over the next few days, the river should start to fish well.

Some good barra are be­ing caught near the mus­cle beds and in the deep holes.

Try tar­get­ing the turn of the low tide with live bait­ing or vibe like lures.

There have also been re­ports of good, full crabs be­ing caught too.


The dam has started to fire up over the past week with some good fish be­ing caught on the troll and cast­ing night.

First dawn sur­face bites have been pro­duc­ing barra but please keep in mind that the dam is cur­rently be­ing stocked with barra fin­d­lings, so it’d be much ap­pre­ci­ated if fish­ers gave them a chance to set­tle, par­tic­u­larly around the ramps.

Dayne Thomp­son Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

MAM­MOTH CATCH: Lo­cal Luke Smith caught and re­leased this GT at the reef on Satur­day with Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing.

DIN­NER SORTED: Keyra Smith caught this 108cm barra at Peter Faust Dam while fish­ing on Sun­day with her fa­ther Kevin.

BITE: Bill Bid­dle from Mackay caught this large mouth nan­ny­gai at the reef on Satur­day with Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing.

BEAUT BARRA: Drayer Smith, 9, caught this im­pres­sive 109cm barra while fish­ing the Peter Faust Dam on Sun­day. Here he is pic­tured with dad Kevin.

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