Fish find the bite as winds slow

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -


The weather looks to be on the up with quite good con­di­tions ex­pected as we get to­wards the week­end.

Don’t ex­pect any mir­a­cles but given this week’s high winds, an­glers are in for a treat by com­par­i­son.

With the new moon, it’s the per­fect time to chase Span­ish mack­erel and tuna around the is­lands.

Best op­tions at the mo­ment are Dol­phin Point, Nara In­let on the run-out tide and Mack­erel Bay trolling deep divers or rib­bon fish.

The coral trout have slowed down of late but head­ing to a lit­tle bit deeper wa­ter should yield best re­sults.

Grassy sweet­lip and blue bone are still in abun­dance, with the best bait be­ing fresh prawns or crabs.

They put up plenty of fight, mean­ing a 100lb han­d­line with a very strong hook is needed.


The rockwalls have pro­duced a lot of small gi­ant trevally of late, with some blue salmon also around.

Shute Har­bour jetty hasn’t had much ac­tion be­cause of the high winds but this should im­prove into the week­end.

The har­bour is also a good bet for squid with plenty get-

ting caught af­ter dark.

Bob Spees, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World


The river should fish well dur­ing the com­ing neap tides, which are due to start from next Wed­nes­day.

There have been good re­ports of threadfin salmon and the odd salt­wa­ter barramundi still on the bite of late.

Poddy mul­let are

also around in strong num­bers, mak­ing for good live bait.

Qual­ity mud crabs are mak­ing it well worth throw­ing out a few pots, num­bers how­ever are cer­tainly down.

The cold con­di­tions will al- so make an op­por­tu­nity to take the kids croc spot­ting as they’ll be sun­bak­ing dur­ing the low-tide pe­ri­ods.


With this small pe­riod of warmer tem­per­a­tures and min­i­mal winds the fish­ing at the dam should im­prove.

Try tar­get­ing the wind­blown bays and banks where there are warmer wa­ter cur­rents us­ing soft plas­tic lures and shal­low div­ing hard bod­ies dur­ing the day.

Sur­face lures are also worth a try in the late af­ter­noon.

The red­claw cray­fish have been patchy of late.

Dayne Thompson, Proser­pine Bait and Tackle


The weather has kept fish­ers off the reef of late, with 30 knot winds mak­ing it hard go­ing for those hop­ing to make the trip out there.

The winds how­ever are ex­pected to die down over the next few days.

The fish to chase dur­ing the im­proved con­di­tions will be span­ish mack­erel and coral trout, with a few yel­low fin out wide off the reef.

For your trout, try us­ing half a pilchard or a sim­i­lar bait fish cut up as flesh bait.

The mack­erel are best tar­geted float­ing a live fusilier un­der a bal­loon out the back.

For those head­ing out wide to chase the yel­low fin, try trolling for your best re­sults.

Grant Spees, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World

COOL COD: Daniel Far­ru­gia caught and re­leased this mas­sive cod at the reef with Sea Fever.

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