High winds to ham­per an­glers

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -

IS­LANDS

THE fore­cast looks poor this week, with winds of 1520km ex­pected to mak­ing ac­cess­ing the is­lands dif­fi­cult.

Your best bets are Hannah Point, Pi­o­neer Rocks and be­tween South Molle and Day­dream Is­lands as they will pro­vide some pro­tec­tion.

To reach South Molle Is­land with the least trou­ble, try head­ing out when the tide stops – ei­ther at low or high tide.

Fish to chase are long­tail tuna, mack tuna, and mack­erel.

Tar­get your grassy sweet­lip and trout on the fring­ing reefs.

ROCKWALLS

SHUTE Har­bour jetty won’t be much good this week, with the wind blow­ing through the har­bour mouth.

Try around the Abell Point and VMR rockwalls for grunter, small gi­ant trevally and queen­fish dur­ing the run-in tides.

Best baits are fresh prawns for grunter, and live her­ring for queen­fish and small gi­ant trevally.

Bob Spees, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World

RIVERS

A FEW fish were caught over the week­end with the smaller tides, but as the tides didn’t drop right back dur­ing this cy­cle, the wa­ter stayed quite dirty.

This meant the king salmon didn’t re­ally move into the riv- er. The odd bar­ra­mundi and king salmon were caught around the river mouth area, but this was hard to fish as well due to the winds.

The smaller tides proved pos­i­tive for crab­bing with a few of good qual­ity be­ing caught.

How­ever, they will start to slow up from now on as the wa­ter gets a bit cooler.

DAM

THE bar­ra­mundi at the dam are very slow at the mo- ment due to the windy, cool con­di­tions.

This is un­likely to see much im­prove­ment un­til we get some lighter winds and a bit more sun.

When those sunny days do come, tar­get the shal­low ar­eas. Late in the morn­ing and into the af­ter­noon will be the best time to fish for them.

Lind­say Dobe, Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

REEF

CON­DI­TIONS have been tough over the last week and it's look­ing much the same for the one com­ing, with fresh southeast winds to con­tinue.

We did man­age to get out a cou­ple of times through the week and the fish­ing was good, although sea con­di­tions were far from per­fect.

The wa­ter tem­per­a­ture has fallen now and the coral trout feed­ing habits have slowed up, but you can still catch a feed if you put in the time.

The red throat em­peror are mak­ing up for it with good re­ports of fish up to 3kg.

Plenty of Span­ish mack­erel are also around, which is good news for the com­ing Mack­erel Muster hosted by the Whit­sun­day Game Fish Club.

Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

BIG MACK: Brad Smith caught this solid Span­ish mack­erel at the reef on Satur­day with Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing.

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