Crabs now ap­pear­ing on catch list for lo­cal an­glers

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -

IS­LANDS

Once again there’s not much to re­port around the is­lands this week.

There have been a few small mack­erel get­ting around. Try Grim­ston Point. There have been some nice queen­fish and a few trout get­ting caught in and around Shute Har­bour and Day­dream Is­land.

The ris­ing tide has re­sulted in some good num­bers of man­grove jack in the man­groves.

Try burly­ing them up around the snags.

ROCKWALLS

Barramundi and grunter have been the main tar­gets around the rockwalls.

There are plenty of small barramundi, with an­glers get­ting them on soft plas­tics. A lot of them are small but still good fun. Try around the Whit­sun­day Marine Club and the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.

The best bet for barra are curl tails, while peeled prawns are work­ing for grunter.

– Bob Spees, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World

RIVER

The tides aren’t too bad for fish­ing in the river at the mo­ment, but with the fresh wa­ter that’s around, a lot of the fish and bait will be fairly scat­tered.

With the windier con­di­tions, a good place to start will be up the creeks, cast­ing any of the run-off drains for barramundi.

How­ever, this time of year in the up­per reaches the barra are re­ally the only tar­get species, as they’re the only fish in the fresh.

If the wind al­lows, fish­ing the mouth of the river will prob­a­bly pro­duce a few kin­gies and barramundi.

With the fresh wa­ter start­ing to re­cede a lit­tle bit, it’s a great time of the year to put some pots in and chase some crabs.

DAM

The barra are on the move up at the dam at the mo­ment due to the run-off wa­ter.

So any of the ar­eas that have a good flow in are good places to look for them.

With the full moon com­ing up early next week, it’s the right moon phase to chase the fish in the dam.

The evening and into the night is usu­ally the bet­ter time to tar­get them dur­ing the full moon pe­riod.

– Lind­say Dobe, Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

REEF

Dirty wa­ter and mod­er­ate to strong south- east winds have made the reef some­what chal­leng­ing to fish in the past week.

The wa­ter has been stirred up sig­nif­i­cantly by the 4m tides as­so­ci­ated with the new moon last week­end, but the clar­ity has im­proved as the tides have eased.

The reef fish­ing has been steady, with good re­ports of trout taken in the shal­lows.

The dirty wa­ter has made the span­ish mack­erel al­most non-ex­is­tent, with their peak feed­ing time prior to the new moon.

Some co­bia up to 15kg have been taken, as well as some good-sized gi­ant trevally up to 25kg on sur­face pop­pers and stick­baits.

– Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

BIG SPIRIT: Three-year-old Jay­den Jou­bert landed this barramundi at the dam on Mon­day while fish­ing with his dad Wayne. Pho­tos: Con­trib­uted

GI­ANT HUNTER: Matt Bas­ford caught and re­leased this im­pres­sive gi­ant trevally at the reef on Sun­day with Sea Fever.

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