Barra on the bite as sea­son in river opens

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -


There have been good tides at the is­lands this week, with good num­bers of trout and grassy sweet­lip be­ing caught.

There are still some big mack­erel be­ing caught around places like Nara In­let, Dol­phin Point and Mack­erel Bay.

The fish are fairly deep, so try live bait­ing and jig­ging.

The shoals have been fish­ing quite well for nan­ny­gai and red em­peror, for those who can get out.

Don’t for­get to leave a floater out for co­bia, as there’s still plenty of them around.

In Shute Har­bour, try head­ing out very early in the morn­ing for some nice gi­ant trevally, with some nice queen­fish mixed in among them.

Live her­ring have been work­ing well.


Whis­per Bay and Abell Point rockwalls have seen some ex­cel­lent grunter caught this week.

They’ve been catch­ing them on peeled prawns, garfish fil­lets or plas­tic vibes.

In the same ar­eas, fish­ing late in the af­ter­noon and at night with live baits has seen some very good barramundi be­ing landed.

Bob Spees, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World


With the very neap tides and the open­ing of barramundi sea­son, the river has been fish­ing very well.

Good num­bers and sizes of barra are be­ing caught, along with plenty of threadfin salmon get­ting around.

Bait fish­ing for grunter on the mus­cle beds is also pay­ing off.

Keep in mind there’s a lot of box jel­ly­fish in the river at the mo­ment, so be care­ful cast net­ting.

The crabs have been patchy at the mo­ment, but if we get some rain to­wards the end of the week it should stir them up.


The dam has been fish­ing ex­cep­tion­ally well this week.

A lot of guys have been trollin up some good num­bers of barra in the main basin area us­ing deep div­ing lures.

Good num­bers of fish are hold­ing on the long weedy point that comes out from the south­ern end of the dam, known lo­cally as Fausty’s Point.

Try us­ing soft plas­tics and sur­face lures. Dayne Thomp­son, Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

LEFT, ROYAL LIN­EAGE: Antony Chapman and his son Chris with a red em­peror caught while fish­ing with Renegade Fish­ing Char­ters.

BELOW, MAS­SIVE MAR­LIN: Skip­per Luke Grif­fiths helps Krys­ten Zell hold up her black mar­lin caught trolling a bronze mer­lin skirt with Renegade Fish­ing Char­ters.

ABOVE, COLOUR­FUL CATCH: Stephen McCarthy landed this stun­ning par­rot­fish with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

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