River crabs back on the menu

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River

THIS big tide pe­riod will make for tougher fish­ing con­di­tions on the rivers. If you ven­ture down, tar­get the tide turn where tidal move­ment is slack.

There’s re­ports of some good barra on live baits of mul­let and prawns and trolling deep lures. Try hit­ting where Kelsey Creek meets the Proser­pine River in the deep holes.

There’s also re­ports of grunter be­ing caught at river ramp on mus­sel beds.

Worth tak­ing a few crabs down as there have been good catches of qual­ity crabs re­ported.

Dam

THE dam has slowed down due to wa­ter temp drop as we come into cooler months.

How­ever due to Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie there has been a good wa­ter rise and this has al­lowed for good shal­low wa­ter fish­ing on the weeded points.

Try tar­get­ing these fish in the early morn­ing or late in the evening with sur­face pop­pers.

Dur­ing the warmth of the day it is a good time of the year to tar­get barra in the tops of the dead trees using shal­low div­ing hard-bod­ied lures with plenty of pauses in your re­trieve.

There are still re­ports of the odd barra be­ing trolled up in the main basin using three to five me­tre trolling divers. — Dayne Thomp­son, Barra World Proser­pine

Rivers/rock­walls

PROSER­PINE river has been the spot to be if you are chas­ing crabs, with the re­cent big tides get­ting the crabs on the move. There have also been a few grunter and king sal­mon on the bite in the deeper cor­ners of the river using live and dead prawns.

The small coastal creeks around the area have been fish­ing ex­tremely well for man­grove jack with a few an­glers re­port­ing good num­bers of jack be­ing caught on mul­let fil­lets and half pilchards.

Mud crabs have also been get­ting caught around the lo­cal bays and creeks.

A few bar­ra­mundi have been caught around the lo­cal rock walls, with live mul­let be­ing re­garded the best choice of bait.

Is­lands

FOR the an­glers get­ting out and about, the is­lands have been re­port­ing big sweet­lip and red throat em­peror around the fring­ing reefs around most is­lands.

Co­ral trout are still be­ing caught but no re­ports of good num­bers. There have only been just a few show­ing up.

An­glers float­ing live baits out the back of the boat have been catch­ing some good size co­bia and the odd Span­ish mack­erel.

An­glers trolling around the bays and head­lands at the moment have caught good num­bers of school mack­erel and rib­bon­fis. — Ryan Fuller, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World

Reef

NOTH­ING to report from the reef this week with con­sis­tent south­east winds keep­ing most an­glers land­based.

With the new moon just passed, the wa­ter has been stirred up again with the big tides but should im­prove as the week goes on. — Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

Week­end weather

MOD­ER­ATE winds (22-29km/h) are ex­pected to blow from the SSE shift­ing to the SE on Sun­day and re­main­ing mod­er­ate.

PHOTO: MICK UN­DER­WOOD

TOP TROUT: Ross, from Er­gon En­ergy, with a nice co­ral trout caught while on char­ter with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

PHOTO: MICK UN­DER­WOOD

Greg Seal landed this large­mouth nan­ny­gai with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing Char­ters.

Adam Hatherly landed this one-me­tre-plus barra while at Lake Proser­pine with Lake Proser­pine Fish­ing Char­ters.

PHOTO: LINDSAY DOBE

Big barra landed at Lake Proser­pine with Proser­pine Fish­ing Char­ters.

PHOTO: ASH MATTHEWS

Dan Gates with a mas­sive Span­ish mack­erel landed with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing Whit­sun­days.

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