Week­ends the time to wet a line

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -

IS­LANDS

A lot of small bill­fish, sail­fish and black mar­lin have been landed around Dou­ble Cone Is­land, Dol­phin Point, Nara In­let and around Ed­wards.

Try trolling a cou­ple of sur­face lures with a cou­ple of divers us­ing small hooks.

Also try the same ar­eas for Span­ish mack­erel, as well as places like Shute Har­bour and the molle is­lands.

With good tides com­ing, head out af­ter dark for your nan­ny­gai and red em­peror.

ROCKWALLS

The Shute Har­bour Pon­toon has seen a lot of bait, but the squid have dropped off.

Try us­ing live her­ring with the light­est pos­si­ble sinker for your queen­fish, gi­ant trevally and mack­erel.

Bob Spees, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World

RIVER

The river was a lit­tle slow over the last week due to the larger tides, but fish­ing should im­prove late this week and into the week­end.

How­ever, over the larger tides there were a few good mud crabs about and the river seems to be crab­bing rea­son­ably well for this time of year.

Later this week and into the week­end, when the wa­ter cleans up, the fish­ing should im­prove, so live bait­ing with prawns and mul­let should get thread­ies and barramundi.

Try us­ing your sound of the edges of the sand bars and drop offs us­ing soft vibe lures.

DAM

Things have been a lit­tle quiet at the dam over the past week due to the stronger winds and cooler morn­ings.

Over the next few days, as we’re start­ing to build away from the new moon, if the morn­ings start to warm up fish­ing should im­prove.

This time of year the tem­per­a­ture is the main is­sue, so we just need some warmer nights to get the barramundi feed­ing again.

Gen­er­ally, dur­ing the win­der pe­riod the shal­low points on the western side of the dam are prob­a­bly the main ar­eas to tar­get, although these do get a lit­tle hard to fish when the winds are strong.

Lind­say Dobe, Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

REEF

The neap tides have been very pro­duc­tive for the reef over the last week.

Some nice trout have been re­ported up to 65cm caught in the early morn­ing and late af­ter­noon.

The mack­erel bite has slowed since the dark moon but a few have still been taken on live baits on the bot­tom.

It’s best to have a live bait sus­pended mid­wa­ter with a wire trace when tar­get­ing them.

Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

SPANNY SNAGGED: Rick Wil­liams with a 14kg Span­ish mack­erel caught in Un­safe Pas­sage.

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