Fish­er­men find a friend in winds

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN - Ash­ley Matthews, Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

IS­LANDS

The weather fore­cast shows some im­prove­ment this week­end, and with the lead-up to the full moon it should prove a good time to cast a line.

Those who did get out there last week re­ported good num­bers of long­tail tuna around Delo­raine and Ed­wards is­lands. Try chas­ing your tuna us­ing sil­ver slugs on a fast re­triever reel.

Mack­erel will also be a strong con­tender this week.

A few places to try are the in­ner reef at Dou­ble Cone, around Dol­phin Point and Delo­raine and Ed­wards is­lands.

Lovers of a good red are in luck well with nan­ny­gai and red em­peror in good num­bers. Try tar­get­ing the shoals. There should also be strong num­bers of trout and grassy sweet­lip around the fring­ing reefs.

Fi­nally, with large schools of bait fish get­ting about, billfish are a def­i­nite pos­si­bil­ity.

Try trolling a pusher or lures be­tween the tides.

ROCKWALLS

Shute Har­bour has seen large num­bers of squid at night. Dur­ing the day, there have been lots of small queen­fish and gi­ant trevally.

The rock walls around Air- lie Beach have also seen some very nice grunter and blue salmon.

Bob Spees, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World

RIVER

The river has been pro­duc­ing some good threadfin salmon, how­ever the week­end’s big tides will make for hard fish­ing con­di­tions.

Try tar­get­ing the tide turns and ar­eas where the ti­dal cur­rent runs slack.

Crabs aren’t around in great num­bers but those that are out there are of good qual­ity. The mus­cle beds up from river ramp have also been pro­duc­ing some good size grunter.

DAM

The dam has been a lit­tle quiet of late due to bad weather con­di­tions and the drop­ping tem­per­a­ture, so no need to rush out there early.

A good num­ber of fish seem to be hold­ing up in the main river course.

Fish­ers are tar­get­ing them us­ing soft plas­tic vibe-like lures, hop­ping them down the old river course and cast­ing deep div­ing lures into the snags.

Try cast­ing into the shal­low weed beds in the late af­ter­noon where the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture is warmer us­ing sur­face lures.

Dayne Thomp­son, Proser­pine Bait

and Tackle

REEF

Noth­ing to re­port over the last week with solid south-easterly winds keep­ing fish­ing out of the ques­tion.

This com­ing week­end might see some im­prove­ment with eas­ing winds fore­cast.

The Span­ish mack­erel num­bers should be start­ing to in­crease as well with wa­ter tem­per­a­tures start­ing to fall.

Win­ter time is mack­erel time, so it al­ways pays to do some trolling on the pres­sure points of the reef with hard bod­ied lures or rigged garfish.

The reefies usu­ally don’t bite as much once the wa­ter cools down but you’re still cer­tain to be able to scratch up a feed.

GEN­TLE GI­ANT: Mick Gi­b­lisco caught and re­leased this gi­ant trevally at the reef with Sea Fever.

RULER: Rocky Crisafi caught this tasty red em­peror at the reef with Sea Fever.

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