Fish­ing fal­ters as high winds bat­ter the coast

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

Few peo­ple have headed out this week, stay­ing close to the head­lands as the high winds have made it rough on the wa­ter.

They’re get­ting gi­ant trevally, queen fish, grunter and mack­erel but your best bet is to wait it out and ser­vice your gear.

The top tips for keep­ing your gear up to scratch are mak­ing sure your drags are loose and giv­ing your reels a good soak­ing in WD40 – you can never use too much.

Once it does calm down how­ever the mack­erel should be boom­ing with plenty of bait fish get­ting about.

Tar­get your mack­erel by trolling lures or live bait­ing us­ing your larger her­ring. There is very lit­tle to re­port at the rockwalls this week, with the high winds mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble to get at them.

Again, mak­ing sure your gear is ready to go once the weather im­proves is your best bet.

How­ever, Shute Har­bour has seen good num­bers of squid over the last few days, mak­ing ex­cel­lent eat­ing and bait.

Use your squid jig to tar­get the ar­eas around the lights which at­tract bait fish, in turn at­tract­ing the squid. There has been no ac­tion on the reef over the last week due to the poor weather con­di­tions.

Fish­ing should im­prove once we get some de­cent weather as bait fish are in abun­dance at the mo­ment.

The colder weather should also see shark ac­tiv­ity slow down, mak­ing it eas­ier to land a catch.

Mack­erel, tuna and billfish have been seen on the reef prior to the bad weather, how­ever the chop has mud­died the wa­ters in close.

Once the weather im­proves, seek the blue wa­ter to chase your mack­erel, tuna and billfish. We’ve got smaller tides com­ing up this week­end so it will be a good time to head to the river and es­cape the breeze.

With the cooler wa­ter, I imag­ine the bar­ra­mundi will be a lit­tle slow but there should be a good chance of kin­gies and grunter.

Live bait­ing is cer­tainly good for the kin­gies us­ing prawns and mul­let.

For your grunter, live bait is not as im­por­tant so us­ing slab baits such as squid and mul­let will work best.

The river has seen a few good mud crabs get­ting around this week as well, mak­ing it cer­tainly worth throw­ing a few pots in if you’re head­ing out. With the windy, cool con­di­tions of late the dam has def­i­nitely slowed down a bit.

From now on through this win­ter pe­riod, it will be im­por­tant to find the warmer ar­eas of the dam. Just keep an eye on your sounder.

It’s best to have a sounder that shows wa­ter tem­per­a­tures as well to tar­get the warm spots.

Any in­crease in tem­per­a­ture can make quite a dif­fer­ence as far as the bar­ra­mundi are con­cerned.

As a gen­eral rule, through the cooler times if you find one fish there is a very good chance there will be other fish in that area.

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