Fish­ing to im­prove on back of full moon

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN / ON THE WATER -


The early forecast for this week is look­ing quite good.

With a few bet­ter tides af­ter the full moon we should be get­ting some pelag­ics around the place.

The fring­ing reefs proved a hot spot last week, with quite a few queen­fish caught.

The fring­ing reefs have also seen an abun­dance of squid this past week, so if you’re headed out that way don’t for­get your squid jig.

Coral trout have also been on the bite, caught in the shal­lows us­ing soft plas­tics.

There have still been a few sight­ings of bill fish around the is­lands, with a num­ber of small ex­am­ples hooked around Dou­ble Cone Is­land of late.

Mack­erel weren’t too bad this past week.

The points of in­ter­est for them have in­cluded Mack­erel Bay and Ed­ward Is­land.

They seem to be favour­ing rib­bon fish as bait at the mo­ment.

Shute Har­bour has been get­ting good num­bers of squid af­ter dark, which make for good bait and eat­ing.


The rockwalls have been quiet this week, how­ever Shute Har­bour jetty has been see­ing de­cent num­bers of queen­fish around the 1m mark get­ting caught.

For the keen an­gler, early in the morn­ing on day­light, the jetty has also seen some big gi­ant trevally bit­ing.

Near the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club and Port of Air­lie in the chan­nel there have been a few blue salmon and flat­head be­ing landed.

Bob Spees, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World


At the mo­ment we’re lead­ing up to some good tides for fish­ing the river.

Some good threadfin salmon have been caught up river of late, by an­glers us­ing live bait, such as mul­let and prawns, and soft plas­tic vi­belike lures.

Some good size barramundi have been caught by tar­get­ing the river mouth and shal­lows, on the start of the run-in tide.

There have been a few re­ports of crabs be­ing caught over the past week.


The dam has been fish­ing quite well lately over this full moon pe­riod, es­pe­cially with these north-easterly winds blow­ing.

Some good fish have been caught at night up in the shal­lows and by an­glers trolling the deep tim­ber, us­ing deep div­ing lures.

How­ever, the cold snap com­ing will make dam con­di­tions a lot tougher to fish.

Try tar­get­ing barramundi us­ing hard bod­ied lures in the deep tim­ber dur­ing the day, and sur­face lures and soft plas­tics up in the shal­lows at dusk.

Dayne Thompson, Proser­pine Bait and Tackle


Over the last week, which in­cluded the full moon, fish­ing was pretty tough with tide ranges over 3.5m.

The mack­erel bite also slowed af­ter the ex­cel­lent bite pe­riod the week prior.

This com­ing week has the tides eas­ing, so fish­ing should im­prove. Ash Matthews, Sea Fever


MAR­LIN MASTER: Proser­pine Bait and Tackle owner Lind­say Dobe with a small mar­lin caught around the is­lands last week.

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