Tide per­fect be­fore full moon

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

Reef

PRETTY steady winds have kept most away from the reef and tak­ing the op­tion of fish­ing around the is­lands.

Those diehard fishos who made the ef­fort to go out were re­warded with a good bag of mixed reef fish.

Good redthroat are still be­ing taken in the shal­lows and trout can be found in the deeper wa­ter be­yond 30m, although they’re still very scat­tered.

This week ahead has good tides prior to the build-up to the full moon. — Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

Rock walls

GRUNTER are start­ing to show up in good num­bers and are be­ing caught on lightly weighted peeled prawn and fish strip baits.

Live baits are still pro­duc­ing a few barra, with some good salmon also be­ing caught off the Whis­per Bay and Port of Air­lie walls.

There are still re­ports of good whit­ing be­ing caught dur­ing the run-in tide off Can­non­vale Beach and Hy­de­away Bay.

There has also been some qual­ity flat­head be­ing caught in these ar­eas.

Be mind­ful that dusky flat­head have a max­i­mum size limit of 70cm and must be re­leased.

Is­lands

AROUND the fring­ing reefs, a few trout are start­ing to bite along with sweet­lip and tusk­fish.

Tiger squid are start­ing to make an ap­pear­ance around the area so it pays to have a jig ready on a small han­d­line for when they pop up.

There were some good catches of jew­fish and red em­peror at the week­end.

Hope­fully with the smaller tides and cleaner wa­ter, nan­ny­gai, red em­peror and jew­fish will add va­ri­ety in the deeper wa­ter, along with the redthroat em­peror that have been quite abun­dant around the is­lands the past cou­ple of weeks.

Rivers

THERE have been some good catches of grunter and king salmon around the mus­sel beds on live prawns and mul­let.

Trolling the break­through with deep div­ing lures is work­ing well on the barra, as is work­ing vibes and soft plas­tics through the deeper holes.

Smaller tides will also al­low those who pre­fer to cast lures the op­por­tu­nity to work the snag along the banks with shal­low run­ning lures or plas­tics rigged weed­less. — Bob Spees, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World

Dingo Beach/Hy­de­away Bay

SOME good, consistent shal­low-wa­ter fish­ing in the past week, with the ma­jor­ity of good fish com­ing from less than 8m of wa­ter.

Most of the deeper coun­try is still shut down post-TC Deb­bie, with the wa­ter still be­ing filthy.

There are good schools of her­ring mov­ing around close to the main­land.

Trolling hard body lures nice and fast and close to the bot­tom has been the most pro­duc­tive tech­nique.

This has been pro­duc­ing scores of school mack­erel, with the oc­ca­sional gold trevally, gold spot cod and co­ral trout.

More heavy winds are fore­cast in the com­ing days, so the same tac­tics will be used to stay out of the heavy seas and keep the fish com­ing on board. — Mick Un­der­wood, Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing

PHOTO: MICK UN­DER­WOOD

MON­STER JEW: A mon­ster jew for Steve Rankmore, caught in just 8m of wa­ter on 30lb spin gear with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

PHOTO: BARRA2BILLFISH

A great haul caught with Barra2Billfish Fish­ing Char­ters re­cently.

Canan­dian an­gler Mer­rill Steed landed this co­ral trout with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing this week.

PHOTO: ASH MATTHEWS

Keith Miller with a nice bar-cheek co­ral trout taken at the reef with Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing.

PHOTO: WHIT­SUN­DAY FISH­ING CHAR­TERS

A great span­ish mack­erel landed with Whit­sun­day Fish­ing Char­ters this week.

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