Full moon to see dam on the bite

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -


OUT around the is­lands, Mack­erel Bay, Nara In­let, Pin­na­cle Point and Ed­ward Is­land have seen good num­bers of mack­erel.

The best method has proven to be jig­ging the bait school.

Try drop­ping a metal jig down into the school, then re­trieve it as fast as pos­si­ble to make it look like a fish es­cap­ing the bait ball.

The is­lands have also seen good num­bers of co­bia show­ing up over the last week, along with trout and grassy sweet­lip.

Maori wrasse have been on the bite in large num­bers as well, how­ever an­glers should be ad­vised they are a pro­tected species and must be re­leased.

Long­tail tuna have been pro­duc­tive of late and can be a lot of fun.

For those who like chas­ing a few sport fish, there have been big gi­ant trevally turn­ing up around Ed­ward Is­land and Hook Pas­sage.

Also try the reef off the southern end of Day­dream Is­land early in the morn­ing.

In Shute Har­bour, the jetty has been fish­ing well early in the morn­ing for big gi­ant trevally.

The best bet is to get down there early and throw some big pop­pers.

An­glers can also try float­ing down fresh crab or co­ral prawns to tar­get blue bone.


THE rockwalls have seen some ac­tion this week, with a few nice man­grove jack be­ing caught.

The best way to tar­get them is to head down early in the morn­ing or late in the af­ter­noon and try some live her­ring as bait.

Bob Spees, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World


WITH tonight’s full moon, the tides in the river will be quite large.

This means it prob­a­bly won’t fish very well for threadfin salmon un­til the mid­dle to end of next week.

Al­though it is typ­i­cally a slow time of year for crabs, th­ese big tides may see a few on the move.

There­fore work­ing the gul­lies might pro­duce a feed of crabs.


TONIGHT’S full moon will ac­tu­ally prove pos­i­tive for the dam, so the next few nights will be a good time to tar­get bar­ra­mundi.

As usual, this time of year the bar­ra­mundi are start­ing to gather in fairly tight schools with good num­bers.

So the trick is to be in the right spot when the school comes past, or to find the fish.

The op­por­tu­nity is also there for the guys who like to troll lures out in the main basin.

Try trolling around, look for the bait schools or where the fish are hold­ing in groups and work those ar­eas.

Try­ing mul­ti­ple depths can also work well.

So it’s al­ways good to have a few depths out: a shal­lower div­ing lure around 2m, an­other one around 5m and one down at 8m – just to cover all your bases.

If you can’t get them to bite, a good trick is to try trolling a lit­tle bit quicker than you nor­mally would for bar­ra­mundi.

You can also try cast­ing the weedy points around the edges of the main basin us­ing soft plas­tics or shal­low div­ing lures at night.

Lind­say Dobe, Proser­pine Bait and Tackle


THERE’S been some good fish­ing at the reef over the past week, with good catches of trout, red throat and some qual­ity red em­peror.

Span­ish mack­erel have been bit­ing a lit­tle slower over th­ese smaller tides, but the odd fish has still been taken.

This com­ing week looks good, with some light winds forecast.

Hope­fully the good fish­ing con­tin­ues.

Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

Photo Ethan Leet

RIGHT, HOOKED AT HOOK: Colin Cross­ley landed this whop­per of a co­ral trout at Hook Reef.

DOU­BLE TROU­BLE: David Schivanato and Mike O’Ryan with a solid pair of red em­peror caught at the reef with Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing.

ABOVE, BIRTH­DAY BOY: Den­man Cel­lars co-owner Ben Hay­man cel­e­brated his birth­day last week by land­ing a sail­fish aboard Rene­gade Fish­ing Char­ters.

LEFT, CO­RAL CATCH: Aaron De Brin­cat landed this co­ral trout near Cid Har­bour.

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