Moon puts barra on the bite at Peter Faust Dam

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN - Paul Mo­ran Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing


The is­lands are still get­ting some nice mack­erel down deep, so try live baits or metal jigs. There are also some nice grassy sweet­lip be­ing taken.

Around Shute Har­bour, the deeper holes have been pro­duc­ing some solid fin­ger mark late in the af­ter­noon on dusk. Try us­ing live or fresh squid.

The tides should be a lot bet­ter at places like South Molle and Long is­lands, with some nice jew­fish turn­ing up. The best bet is to use fresh squid at night.

Again, the deeper the wa­ter, the bet­ter your chances.

Around the fring­ing reefs, an­glers are get­ting some nice co­ral trout, and on fresh prawns or crab they’re get­ting some very nice blue-bone.

In the creeks around Shute Har­bour and Fun­nel Bay the barramundi have been on the bite.


The Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club rock­wall has of­fered up some nice ex­am­ples of grunter this week.

There have also been a few barramundi around.

At this time of year it al­ways pays to have a flick for barra. Your best chances are go­ing to be on day­light and at night.

Can­non­vale Beach has also re­turned some nice grunter and flat­head.


The dam is fish­ing re­ally well at the mo­ment lead­ing into the ful­lmoon pe­riod and the northerly winds.

The con­di­tions are per­fect for fish­ing the weed edges early in the morn­ing, late in the af­ter­noon and into the evening with soft plas­tics or shal­low divers.

There are quite good num­bers of fish in the main basin for the guys want­ing to chase them trolling or jig­ging soft plas­tics.

The good fish­ing should con­tinue right through the next week or so, al­though it may get a lit­tle harder if we get a strong south-east­erly.


There were a few fish caught over the past few days dur­ing the quar­ter-moon pe­riod with the smaller tides.

But this quar­ter moon the tides didn’t drop right back so the fish­ing was only good for a few days, with quite a few barra get­ting caught.

The tides will start to build to­wards the new moon so it’s prob­a­bly not a bad time to chase a few crabs, even though there’s been no rain.

Make sure you check them for full­ness as there are quite a few of poor qual­ity be­ing caught. Lind­say Dobe Proser­pine Bait and Tackle


We’ve got great weather for head­ing out to the reef, with the wind back to the north af­ter a few windy days from the south.

Smaller tides have been great for the deep wa­ter, with some solid red em­peror and nan­ny­gai be­ing landed.

Some solid mack­erel have also been show­ing up while trolling garfish and hard-bod­ied lures.

BIG BARRA: Sarah Dobe with a 111cm barramundi caught at the dam. One of five the young an­gler landed.

FISH­ER­MAN'S FEAST: A nice eat­ing nan­ny­gai caught out wide of the is­lands by Robert Mar­shall with Renegade Fish­ing Char­ters.

SNAPPED UP: Renegade Fish­ing Char­ters guest Lind­say Lob­wein with a nice gold­band snap­per.

MON­STER MATCHED: Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing skip­per Paul Mo­ran with a mon­ster red em­peror caught at the reef.

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