Sharks snatch catches at reef and around is­lands

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -


We’ve got the full moon com­ing up this week­end, so the af­ter­noons, evenings and into the night should start to fish bet­ter over the next week.

Noth­ing much has changed in the past cou­ple of weeks.

The ma­jor­ity of the fish are in the area of the main basin and around the edges of the weeds around the main basin.

In the weed, dur­ing calm con­di­tions use top-wa­ter sur­face lures or soft plas­tics.

Also try trolling deep div­ing lures or jig­ging soft plas­tics or vibe lures in the deeper ar­eas.

There’s a tour­na­ment at the dam this week­end, so there will be a few more boats around than nor­mal. RIVER There are large tides at the mo­ment with the full moon pe­riod, so the river will be a lit­tle hard to fish this week.

But it’s cer­tainly a good op­por­tu­nity to get the barra gear ready for the sea­son open­ing next week on the quar­ter moon. The tides look spot-on for the open­ing day of the barra sea­son – Fe­bru­ary 1.

There have been a few crabs float­ing around. Try mov­ing your pots around a bit.

Lind­say Dobe Proser­pine Bait

and Tackle IS­LANDS Fish­ing around the is­lands has been pro­duc­tive this week, es­pe­cially on the run-in tide.

There have been some nice blue bone, grassy sweet­lip and trout on the fring­ing reefs. There’s been a few bill­fish hooked as well.

Those chas­ing mack­erel should try Delo­raine Is­land, Mack­erel Bay, Ed­ward Is­land and Dol­phin Point.

Try putting jigs or live baits down deep.

On the shoals, nan­ny­gai and red em­peror have been okay, but the big­gest prob­lem is the sharks. Move a long way from the sharks as they will fol­low your boat. ROCKWALLS The rockwalls have been get­ting some gi­ant trevally, queen­fish and grunter.

If this rain con­tin­ues, it’s a good time to get into the man- groves around Shute Har­bour and the bluff on a ris­ing tide.

Get hard up into the man­groves with plenty of burly for man­grove jack.

The best bait is live poddy bul­let or half a pilchard with a around a size zero or size one sinker. The best line is 15kg mono. That will give the line a bit of stretch and make it harder for the fish to break off. Bob Spees Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World REEF Great con­di­tions last week for fish­ing the reef with the tides eas­ing. Fish­ing the reef edge pro­duced great num­bers of co­ral trout and red throat.

Some good size Span­ish mack­erel are be­ing caught on live baits, and there are plenty of tuna around the reefs.

Fish­ing the deep wa­ter has been nearly im­pos­si­ble in some spots due to sharks.

Paul Mo­ran Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

FINE FEAST: Theo Loucas couldn't wait to tuck into this tasty trout he caught with Renegade Fish­ing Char­ters.

SNEAKY SHARKS: Renegade Fish­ing Char­ters skip­per Luke Grif­fiths with the head of a whop­ping Span­ish mack­erel de­voured by a shark just as a guest was reel­ing it in.

KING CO­BIA: Greg Fowler landed this solid co­bia with Renegade Fish­ing Char­ters.

CAP­TAIN’S CO­RAL: Renegade Fish­ing Char­ters skip­per Luke Grif­fiths shows a stun­ning co­ral trout caught out around the is­lands.

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