Easter snags ea­ger an­glers

Is­lands yield ter­rific trout, sweet­lip

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IS­LANDS

Those peo­ple who ven­tured out to the is­lands this week have been pulling up some re­ally nice sized trout.

They’re also get­ting some grassy sweet­lip.

The shoals have been pro­duc­ing nice nan­ny­gai and red em­peror, so they’ll be well worth tar­get­ing with the com­ing tides.

The sur­face ac­tion has been pretty quite, with just a few small mack­erel recorded.

The weather isn’t look­ing too bad for Easter, with good tides pre­dicted.

ROCKWALLS

Dur­ing the week an­glers have been get­ting some very nice man­grove jack, along with grunter.

The best baits for them are fresh mul­let fil­lets and plenty of burly.

RIVER

There hasn’t been a real lot to re­port about the river due to big tides and a lot of fresh run­ning through it.

The crabs have been quite slow.

The odd good buck has been get­ting caught at the river mouth.

How­ever, dur­ing the end of the week and mid-next week, the tides will see the river con­di­tions much im­proved.

Around the man­groves in close to shore on the ris­ing tide has also been pro­duc­ing jacks.

Try burly­ing them up and us­ing un­weighted baits.

– Bob Spees Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World

DAM

The dam has been fish­ing quite well with the build up to this full moon.

Good num­bers of barramundi have been hold­ing up in the old Proser­pine River course.

Tar­get th­ese barra cast­ing hard bod­ies or soft plas­tics down the main river, or fish­ing the shal­lows with sur­face lures early in the morn­ing or late in the af­ter­noon.

A lot of birds and bait fish have been get­ting out in the main basin, and the odd barra is get­ting trolled up un­der­neath them.

– Dayne Thomp­son Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

REEF

Some good catches of co­ral trout have been recorded at the reef over the week­end lead­ing up to the full moon.

Easter is look­ing good for fish­ing, with good tides and some calm winds ex­pected, es­pe­cially on Sun­day and Mon­day.

– Ash Matthews Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

SPANNY SNAGGED: Hay­ley Ben­nett landed her first Span­ish mack­erel fish­ing with boyfriend Paul Mo­ran aboard Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing on Mon­day.

JACK JAGGED: Lo­cal fish­ing guru Bob Spees, of Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World, put his own ad­vice into ac­tion, land­ing this nice man­grove jack among the man­groves.

COU­PLE’S CATCH: Kosta and Adele Drakopou­los with a tasty gold­band snap­per caught out wide of the is­lands with Renegade Fish­ing Char­ters.

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