Fan­tas­tic forecast for week­end

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -


THE ar­eas pro­tected from the strong winds around Day­dream and the Molle is­lands have been get­ting a few nice long­tail tuna this week.

For those tar­get­ing the bot­tom, the same spots have also been work­ing well for trout and grassy sweet­lip.

Down near Long Is­land there have been a few smaller ex­am­ples of Span­ish and grey mack­erel.

Mean­while, some of the deeper holes around White Rock have been hold­ing some nice nan­ny­gai, but mainly in­done­sian snap­per.

Re­turn­ing from a trip to the reef on Mon­day, we saw some big schools of long­tail tuna out­side the is­lands.

The best way to tar­get them is by us­ing a sin­gle hook and a very small slug.

Cast the slug in front of the school and re­trieve it as fast as pos­si­ble.

Re­mem­ber the long­tail have soft mouths, so try not to bring them straight into the boat or you’ll pull the hook out.

An­glers need to play them a bit first.

For those chas­ing mack­erel and co­bia, there have been de­cent num­bers show­ing up around Dol­phin Point, Mack­erel Bay and Ed­ward Is­land.

The forecast for the week­end is look­ing very good.


THE Shute Har­bour jetty has been get­ting some good num­bers of queen­fish and mack­erel this week.

Try us­ing live her­ring for the best re­sults.

– Bob Spees, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World


THE river fished well last week dur­ing the small tide pe­riod, but this week, with the larger tides, the fish­ing will be quite a bit harder due to the strong cur­rents.

With the larger tides though, it might get a few crabs mov­ing about.

So it’ll prob­a­bly be worth putting some pots in the gul­lies and creeks out of the strong cur­rents.

This time of the year, un­til the rain comes, there should be quite a few grunter in any of the creeks and rivers on the rock­bars, gen­er­ally near the mouths or head­lands.

You can tar­get th­ese with slab baits; squid, mul­let, garfish and dead prawns.


IT HAS been a lit­tle harder this week with the wind com­ing up a bit, but cer­tainly the eas­i­est way to tar­get the bar­ra­mundi at the mo­ment is trolling in the main basin.

A lot of the large fish, as usual, have started to school

“Weather con­di­tions were a lit­tle chal­leng­ing at the week­end but prior to this we had some great fish­ing at the reef.” – Ash Matthews

out in the basin in the deeper ar­eas.

Trolling around with 5m and 8m lures un­til the find the schools and work­ing that area is the best way to get them.

Af­ter you’ve found the schools, work­ing soft plas­tics and vibe-style lures up through them is a good way to rack up a few num­bers if the schools aren’t mov­ing too fast.

This pat­tern should con­tinue un­til we get any sub­stan­tial rain­fall.

– Lind­say Dobe, Proser­pine Bait and Tackle


WEATHER con­di­tions were a lit­tle chal­leng­ing at the week­end but prior to this we had some great fish­ing at the reef.

From all re­ports, there are plenty of trout and red throat em­peror in the shal­lows.

Some great sur­face fish­ing for gi­ant trevally has been ex­pe­ri­enced, with fish up to 35kg be­ing caught and re­leased.

This week­end looks good with the weather, so it could be a good op­por­tu­nity to stock up on fish for Christ­mas.

– Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

YOUNG TAL­ENT: Reece Matthews had some fun at the reef at the week­end, catching and re­leas­ing his big­gest gi­ant trevally with Sea Fever.

TOOTHY GRIN: Mick Coldrick caught this ham­mer­head shark near Pioneer Rocks with Fish­dive Char­ters on Satur­day.

LO­CAL SE­CRETS: Air­lie Beach lo­cal Jas­mine Bran­nan landed this co­ral trout with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing Char­ters.

NEW EX­PE­RI­ENCE: Shon­telle Par­ras landed her first ever Span­ish mack­erel at the reef last week with Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing.

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