Barra back on the menu Fish­ers set for start of sea­son

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN - – Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

IS­LANDS

There have been some nice mack­erel up near the 20kg mark.

Try trolling the reefs off the south­ern end of Day­dream Is­land and Nara In­let on a runout tide.

Most of the fish are down deep, so get your lures and baits right down there.

De­spite the big tides this week, there have still been some good trout landed.

This will im­prove as the tides start to drop off.

Grassy sweet­lip have also been caught around Long Is­land and the reef be­tween Day­dream and South Molle is­lands.

Try leav­ing a floater out as you fish, with a lot of co­bia around Whit­sun­day and Hook is­lands.

ROCKWALLS

The front of Abell Point Ma­rina has seen some nice grunter landed us­ing peeled prawns in the early morn­ing and late af­ter­noon.

Whis­per Bay has also seen quite a few grunter.

– Bob Spees, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World

DAM

The dam has been fish­ing re­ally well, with the fish com­ing on the bite late last week.

Late in the af­ter­noon and through the night is the best time to get them dur­ing the full moon pe­riod.

Work­ing the weed ar­eas and weed points with soft plas­tics has been the most pro­duc­tive.

This good fish­ing should con­tinue through the first part of this week as we’re still close to the full moon, and the morn­ing bite should start to im­prove re­ally early in the morn­ing.

RIVER

The river’s a lit­tle tough to fish dur­ing those large tide pe­ri­ods, but as the moon drops away this week the tides will be­come a lot bet­ter for fish­ing the river.

The tides look fan­tas­tic for the start of the barramundi sea­son, which opens at noon on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 1.

With the small tides, ev­ery­thing should work in the river – live bait­ing, lures, cast­ing vibes, trolling.

Ev­ery­one can pretty much take their pick with the way they want to tar­get them.

– Lind­say Dobe, Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

REEF

Good, calm con­di­tions at the reef in the past week and fish­ing was bet­ter than ex­pected, with a few days of winds push­ing from the north-west.

Good trout were taken in the shal­lows, with fish up to 60cm mak­ing it to the box.

A few small-mouth nan­ny­gai and red em­peror in the deeper shoals were taken.

Good fish­ing should con­tinue in the next week.

KEN’S CATCH: Ken Kreike with a mas­sive 1.2m queen­fish landed with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing Char­ters.

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