Bait abounds close to land

Wild weather sees bite move closer to shore over the week

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -


Places like Pi­o­neer Rocks, White Rock and Shute Har­bour have been get­ting some re­ally nice mack­erel and trevally, and at night some fin­ger­mark on live baits.

The mouths of the creeks and the rivers have been get­ting big num­bers of prawns, bring­ing the fish in to feed along the coast­line.

This is hap­pen­ing as far up as Cairns and down to Sa­rina.

Species in­clude barramundi and man­grove jack.

It’s been hard to get out to the outer is­lands this week, so you’re bet­ter off stay­ing in closer to shore and the closer is­lands where the bait is.

Go­ing by the weather pre­dic­tions, it’s not go­ing to al­low for much more than that.


The rockwalls have also been prof­it­ing from the boom in bait, with Abell Point see­ing some nice grunter landed.

Try us­ing live baits for barramundi, man­grove jack and fin­ger­mark.

Live bait­ing is the best bet when there’s so much bait around. Bob Spees

Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World


With the windy con­di­tions we have at the mo­ment, the fish­ing has slowed a lit­tle bit be­cause it’s harder to tar­get the fish on the open points with this kind of wind.

But there’s cer­tainly still a few fish get­ting caught for the guys just trolling lures around the more pro­tected ramp side of the dam.

Deeper div­ing lures such as the Halco pol­ter­geist and RMG scor­pi­ons in the 5 and 8m mod­els, along with any of your favourite lures that get down around th­ese depths, will work for this kind of fish­ing.

As soon as the wind drops back enough, work­ing the more wind ex­posed weed ar­eas will be a good place to tar­get them with soft plas­tics and shal­low divers etc.


There were quite a few barra caught for the open­ing of the sea­son last week.

A large num­ber of me­tre­plus barra were caught, and I’ve heard most of them were re­leased.

It was good to hear most of th­ese fish were given a chance to spawn.

But there were also quite a few smaller barra caught on both bait and lures, which are bet­ter for the ta­ble, along with some nice thread­ies.

There are still re­ports of some good grunter be­ing caught on the rocks just up from the ramp, but as the tides have got­ten larger now the fish­ing has dropped away.

Not sure if we’ve had enough fresh yet, but there may have been enough to stir the crabs up too, so there may be some around with th­ese larger tides.

Hope­fully it won’t be too long be­fore we get a de­cent flush that will re­ally get things mov­ing in the river.

Lind­say Dobe Proser­pine Bait and Tackle


Very small win­dows in the weather for head­ing out to the reef along with bat­tling the big tides has made for chal­leng­ing times.

Al­though the con­di­tions have been tough, the reef has been fish­ing well with plenty of big mack­erel be­ing caught on live baits and some nice co­ral trout in the shal­lows.

The odd co­bia has also been pop­ping up.

There’s plenty of small mouth nan­ny­gai in the deep wa­ter with some red em­peror among them. Fin­gers crossed the wind now eases.

Paul Mo­ran Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

CANTA’S CATCH: Lo­cal barra fish­ing leg­end Steve Cantamessa with a 80cm lure­caught barra. Even though he’s flat out at work, he found the time to chase a barra for the open­ing sea­son. His motto is: “If you put in the time, you catch the fish.”

BARRA BAGGED: Proser­pine Bait and Tackle owner Lind­say Dobe with a 70cm barra caught while cast­ing lures among the snags.

SU­PER SPANNY: Jesse Pre­senza landed this whop­per of a Span­ish mack­erel, weigh­ing in at 33kg.

RED RE­WARD: Renegade Fish­ing Char­ters skip­per Luke Grif­fiths with a solid large mouth nan­ny­gai.

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