Mack­erel make a come­back

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -


The weather proved kin­der this week, with strong schools of Span­ish mack­erel be­ing caught around the is­lands.

There have been no spe­cific hot spots, but try trolling your lures around the head­lands.

There have been good num­bers of grassy sweet­lip and coral trout around, how­ever Wed­nes­day’s full moon will see this slow down.

Tuna are also on the bite, with sight­ings of good-sized schools around South Molle and the pas­sage side of North Molle. Th­ese can be caught throw­ing small metal slugs on a fast re­trieve reel.


The rockwalls have seen a bit of ac­tion this week, pro­duc­ing a lot of small gi­ant trevally around the 1kg mark.

They’re poor eat­ing when frozen, so eat them fresh and make sure to re­move the blood­line.

Bot­tom fish­ing is yield­ing a few nice grunter and blue salmon.

The full moon will also see a few bar­ra­mundi get­ting around the rockwalls and edges of the ma­rina at night and re­ally early in the morn­ing. Bob Spees Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World


The Proser­pine River will be hard to fish dur­ing this full moon pe­riod, with no im­prove­ment un­til late in the week and into next week.

Dur­ing the larger tides, tar­get the run at the top of the tide around the rocks near the boat ramp to chase grunter.

The best bait to use is slab baits and prawns.

The crabs will start to slow down, how­ever this time of year of­ten sees a few of good qual­ity.

With the larger tides, try crab­bing the gut­ters and stay­ing out of the main river cur­rent for the best re­sults.

An­glers can also try tar­get- ing the river mouths and lo­cal beaches for whit­ing dur­ing th­ese cooler months.


The bar­ra­mundi have slowed right down due to the cooler weather.

Your best bet is to work your lures slowly, cast­ing the weed edges and tree lines.

Slow the re­trieve right down to give them plenty of time to have a look at your lure.

If fish­ers find an area where the fish hold up, con­cen­trate on that area and try dif­fer­ent tech­niques. Lind­say Dobe Proser­pine Bait and Tackle


Re­ports were good across the board, with plenty of reef fish caught as well as Span­ish mack­erel off the sur­face.

Some qual­ity green job fish were mixed in with the nan­ny­gai in the deep coun­try. Th­ese fish can be caught us­ing a va­ri­ety of meth­ods, from dead and live baits to jig­ging and trolling.

Span­ish mack­erel num­bers re­ported on Sun­day were thick, with fish up to 30kg taken. This should con­tinue for the months ahead. Ash Matthews Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

REEL TOUGH: Ker­rin Tay­lor and Colin Green had a hell of a time land­ing this 30kg gi­ant trevally. The beast broke the braided line half­way through the strug­gle, at­tempt­ing to flee around the is­lands. The pair spot­ted the bro­ken line, quickly snatch­ing it up and ty­ing it back to­gether be­fore haul­ing their catch aboard. The mon­ster was re­leased af­ter the pair took this stunning photo.

BIG MACKS: Leonard Trefz and Chloe Bunce landed 38kg and 36kg Span­ish mack­erel.

GOB SMACKED: Ally Alty from Air­lie Beach hooked this stunning large-mouth nan­ny­gai.

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