Catches climb af­ter im­proved con­di­tions

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN - – Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

IS­LANDS

IS­LAND fish­ing has been good this week, with spot­ted and grey mack­erel around Shute Har­bour, Grim­ston Point, Dou­ble Cone Is­land, Dol­phin Point, Mack­erel Bay and Ed­ward Is­land.

The deeper holes have been pro­duc­ing some nice jew­fish on squid – which are also around in large num­bers.

Tar­get the fring­ing reefs for big grassy sweet­lip and nice trout.

The is­lands have seen good num­bers of small black mar­lin, with sail­fish also around.

ROCK WALLS

SHUTE Har­bour Jetty has been get­ting some nice queen­fish and gi­ant trevally, along with the odd mack­erel. – Bob Spees, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World

RIVER

THERE have been a few barramundi and king salmon caught in the river on live bait dur­ing the small tides.

There were a few catches landed on vibes. How­ever, the drop in the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture has made it a lit­tle harder.

By the next set of tides in a fort­night’s time, the river should start to fish a lot bet­ter.

DAM

THE dam fished rea­son­ably well over the full-moon pe­riod last week, es­pe­cially in the evening and into the night. Cast­ing into the shal­low points with shal­low div­ing lures was suc­cess­ful.

How­ever, as we got fur­ther away from the full moon, the fish­ing got tougher.

Things should start to im­prove as we get closer to the dark moon and the wa­ter starts to warm up. – Lind­say Dobe, Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

REEF

SOME rea­son­able weather has had many head­ing to the reef chas­ing a fresh feed.

The mack­erel bite has picked up with the new moon ap­proach­ing, with fish taken up to 20kg.

The tuna schools are thick at the reef, with mac tuna (bonito) in good num­bers.

Although not good eat­ing, they are a load of fun to catch and make great bait for reef fish and crab pots.

Re­ports of a few black mar­lin are also turn­ing up close back to­wards the is­lands.

This is good news for game fish­ing, with the next few months be­ing the prime time to tar­get the species.

ROYAL CATCH: Whit­sun­day lo­cal Jason Ford caught this solid red em­peror at the reef last week with Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing.

SIL­VER GI­ANT: Co­han Noga landed this im­pres­sive jew­fish on live squid at Pi­o­neer Rocks on Satur­day.

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