Barra clo­sure slows river

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -


OUT around the is­lands there have been some small mack­erel get­ting caught.

An­glers’ best bet is to troll small hard-bod­ied lures or small spoons.

There have also been a lot of tuna schools around the is­lands. Just find the birds and throw small metal slugs or lures and re­trieve as fast as pos­si­ble.

Be wary of bring­ing the tuna in too quickly how­ever, as hooks tend to pull free.

The is­lands have also seen large num­bers of fly­ing fish, in­di­cat­ing a good time to chase mar­lin.

Af­ter the reef clo­sure lifts to­mor­row, an­glers should try chas­ing nan­ny­gai and red em­peror around the shoals.

The fring­ing reefs have also seen some nice trout around.

In Shute Har­bour, good num­bers of small mack­erel have been get­ting caught, along with gi­ant trevally and queen­fish.

The squid have also re­turned to Shute Har­bour af­ter dark, al­though not as many as pre­vi­ously.


ABELL Point Ma­rina is the rock­wall hot spot this week, with an­glers re­port­ing good num­bers of solid grunter.

The best bait to try is garfish strips or fresh peeled prawns.

Bob Spees, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World.


THERE’S not much to re­port in the river this week due to big tides and the close of the bar­ra­mundi sea­son.

Some good grunter, how­ever, have been get­ting caught on mus­cle beds up from river ramp.

If you’re ven­tur­ing down there this week­end try tar­get­ing the low tide turn when the tide is slack and there’s less wa­ter vol­ume in the river.

Crabs are still pretty few and far be­tween in the river.


DUE to in­creas­ing hot weather, a lot of the dam fish are start­ing to move out into the deep where the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture is more con­sis­tent.

Try tar­get­ing th­ese fish trolling deep div­ing hard-bo- died lures, or drop­ping soft plas­tics down into schools of fish marked on the sounder.

There has also been some good fish get­ting caught up in the shal­lows dur­ing dusk hours, and through the night pe­riod, us­ing light weighted soft plas­tics.

Dayne Thomp­son, Proser­pine Bait and Tackle.


FAN­TAS­TIC weather greeted us since com­ing back home from up north and the fish­ing hasn’t been bad ei­ther.

Some good mixed catches have been taken with good reef fish and sur­face pelag­ics.

Tuna schools are still thick at the reef, with loads of mac tuna feed­ing on small bait fish.

All should be aware of the cur­rent reef clo­sure, Novem­ber 9 to Novem­ber 12, so it’s a good time to prep your boat and gear for a reef trip af­ter the clo­sure.

Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the cur­rent reef clo­sure, visit .au/fish­eries/recre­ational /rules-reg­u­la­tions/closed-sea­sons-tidal-waters.

DAM BUSTER: Ri­ley Woods landed this im­pres­sive bar­ra­mundi in Pe­ter Faust Dam on Fri­day night.

REDS: Skip­per Ash­ley Matthews and an­gler Al­lis­ter Stew­art with a great catch of red em­peror landed at the reef last week with Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing.

Lo­cal fish­ing guru Bob Spees with a Maori sea perch.

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