An­glers hit wa­ter to en­joy favourable Easter con­di­tions

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -


An­glers have been hav­ing a ter­rific time dur­ing the Easter hol­i­days, with a lot of re­ally good co­ral trout be­ing caught around the is­lands.

Try around South Molle Is­land and the Whit­sun­day Pas­sage in about 15m of wa­ter for large mouth nan­ny­gai.

Mack­erel Bay has had re­ports of a few mack­erel and co­bia.


The main thing they’ve been catch­ing around the rockwalls this week has been grunter.

They’re get­ting them on strip baits, fresh prawns or garfish fil­lets.

Bob Spees


Fish­ing World


The tides are spot-on for the Proser­pine River all this week, so there should be some good thread­ies and barra about.

Try live bait­ing in the dirty wa­ter and, as the wa­ter starts to clear, the soft vibes should start to work re­ally well.

There has been some re­ally good-qual­ity crabs around, so it’s worth throw­ing in some pots.


We just came through the full moon pe­riod and with the rea­son­ably good weather, the dam is fish­ing quite well.

The fish are re­ally start­ing to spread out now, as far as fish­ing in the deeper wa­ter, and they’re also start­ing to push right up in the shal­lows now the morn­ings are cooler.

The prob­lem with the shal­lows is there’s a lot of weed and it’s re­ally hard to use any­thing other than sur­face lures or weed­less soft plas­tics in the vicin­ity.

Lind­say Dobe

Proser­pine Bait and Tackle


Rea­son­able catches were re­ported dur­ing the past week from the reef.

Steady catches of co­ral trout, red throat em­peror and other mixed reefies from the shal­lows, with a few nan­ny­gai and red em­peror, were taken over the deeper shoals.

A few co­bia were also taken over those deeper shoals.

The wa­ter clar­ity also im­proved with the smaller tides, which re­sulted in a few mack­erel be­ing caught.

Ash Matthews

Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

GURU'S NANNY: Lo­cal fish­ing guru Bob Spees with a solid nan­ny­gai taken at the reef with Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing.

Photos: Con­trib­uted.

IS­LAND AN­GLING: Jesse Thane put the rod and reel to good use, land­ing this grassy sweet­lip out around the is­lands.

CUDA CATCHER: Bruce Hes­lop with a 1.5m bar­racuda caught aboard Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

FISH FEAST: Neil Wood with a din­ner-sized nan­ny­gai caught on a mi­cro jig with Reel Ad­dic­tion.

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