Wind makes best bite in­shore

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

Rock walls

THE rock walls around the mari­nas have been fish­ing ex­tremely well, with an­glers get­ting good catches of grunter on the ris­ing tides us­ing lightly weighted prawns and garfish fil­lets.

The barra have also been ac­tive around the rock walls for an­glers us­ing live baits, with a cou­ple of fish around 80cm caught around the bot­tom of the tide from the Port of Air­lie and Sail­ing Club rock walls, be­ing the best spots to try for a bar­ra­mundi.

The beaches have had good num­bers of whit­ing get­ting caught on the first part of the ris­ing tide, fish­ing with worm and prawn baits.

Is­lands

THE is­lands have been fish­ing well for those who have braved the weather.

Sweet­lip are still in great num­bers around the fring­ing reef with coral trout start­ing to show up a bit more con­sis­tently.

Span­ish mack­erel have shown up and from a cou­ple of re­ports around Hol­bourne Is­land the mack­erel seem to be here in great num­bers.

Around the in­ner is­lands, Molle is­lands, Pi­geon and Grim­son Point have good num­bers of wolf her­ring or rib­bon fish.

Some nice tusk fish or blue tusk can be tar­geted in close around the head­lands us­ing fresh prawns or crabs.

Rivers

TRY runoff ar­eas dur­ing the full moon pe­riod for bar­ra­mundi, the best time is near­ing the bot­tom of the run out tide us­ing bombers or plastics, throw­ing into the gut­ters and work­ing them into the main river.

Crabs are still in good num­bers with some very large crabs be­ing caught. — Bob & Grant Spees, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World

Reef

WITH only a cou­ple of good days in the last week re­ports from the reef have been lim­ited. Thank­fully we did get out and man­aged to mix it with some awe­some fish­ing.

The sur­face fish­ing for pelag­ics has been very good with gi­ant trevally, span­ish mack­erel, shark mack­erel and tuna be­ing caught.

The reef fish­ing has also been productive with mainly red throats and span­gled em­peror mak­ing up the catches. — Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

Dingo Beach/Hy­de­away Bay

HEAVY winds over the last week has re­stricted fish­ing to close in­shore lo­ca­tions which hasn’t caused too many prob­lems as that’s where the best bite is go­ing on at the mo­ment. The school mack­erel are still hold­ing the show up fairly well al­though they have pe­tered off a lit­tle in the last cou­ple of days. The Span­ish mack­erel have started to show up in good num­bers in­shore but mostly rat sized ones, the big ones wont be too far away.

The water temp lo­cally dipped be­low 25 de­grees a few days ago and it was like an au­to­matic switch turning the big trout off. Nor­mally when this hap­pens each year we get a few weeks of good sweet­lip fish­ing and it ap­pears that this will be the case this year. — Mick Un­der­wood, Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing

RIGHT: Sarah Thomas with a nice shal­low water trout. This one couldn’t re­sist eat­ing a trolled hard­body. Nice one Sarah.

PHOTO: ASH MATTHEWS

TOP TREVALLY: Thomas Vodli, from the Gold Coast, caught and re­leased this rip­per gi­ant trevally at the reef with Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing.

PHOTO: MICK UN­DER­WOOD

Craig Yeomans landed a rip­per of a gold spot cod last week with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

John Van­der­vord said he hadn’t done much fish­ing prior to climb­ing aboard Reel Ad­dic­tion. Pretty sure he’s hooked now.

Michael Tas­tard with a nice GT caught on Thurs­day with Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing.

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