Is­lands and rock walls fir­ing

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

Rock walls

FISH­ING the rock walls has been very pro­duc­tive.

Grunter have been taking lightly weighted peeled prawns and garfish fil­lets.

Mack­erel, queen­fish, trevally and the odd man­grove jack and fin­ger­mark have been taking live baits, pilchards, sur­face lures and soft plas­tics.

Is­lands

SWEET­LIP and tusk­fish in among the fring­ing reefs are in plen­ti­ful sup­ply for is­land fish­ers.

In­creas­ing coral trout num­bers have also been ev­i­dent among the is­land fish­ing spots.

Mack­erel fish­ers have also ex­pressed op­ti­mism with their for­tunes.

Trolling hard bod­ied lures, us­ing ganged pilchards, garfish or live baits un­der a float should de­liver pos­i­tive fish­ing out­comes.

If you wish to float a bait out while fish­ing the bot­tom, be mind­ful that yel­low zones only per­mit the use of one line per per­son.

Rivers

THERE have been some high qual­ity grunter caught in the rivers us­ing prawns, live and strip baits.

The turn of the tide into the run in ap­pear to be the best times to fish at the mo­ment.

Fish­ing plas­tics and vibes in the deeper holes are prov­ing ef­fec­tive for bar­ra­mundi and sal­mon.

Drains and rock bars seem to be pro­duc­ing the goods on the run-in tide with both baits and lures for grunter, sal­mon and bar­ra­mundi.

Dam

THE best times to fish at the Proser­pine Dam are early in the morn­ing around the weed beds with soft plas­tics and sur­face lures.

Look for places the sun hits first thing in the morn­ing be­cause the fish will be at­tracted to the warmth. — Bob Spees Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World

Dingo Beach / Hy­de­away Bay

SET­TLING winds over the last cou­ple of days have al­lowed an­glers to ven­ture fur­ther out at Dingo Beach and Hy­de­away Bay.

Wa­ter clar­ity re­mains av­er­age on the outer is­lands, but high qual­ity fish are still bit­ing.

Some nice trout have been com­ing from Rat­tray and Glouces­ter is­lands and the span­ish mack­erel have started to move in early, with re­ports of nice fish at the outer edges of the is­lands.

There have been a num­ber of tuna boils around.

These are mostly in­shore, where the tuna have been able to herd up the schools of her­ring.

There are also plenty of school mack­erel feed­ing on the same schools of her­ring.

There aren’t too many tales of mas­sive fish com­ing from the es­tu­ar­ies but the crabs and prawn num­bers are still go­ing quite strong. — Mick Un­der­wood Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing Char­ters

PHOTO: MICK UN­DER­WOOD

RIGHT: Steve Dun­lop with a nice span­gled em­peror, which ate a soft plas­tic and put on a hell of a show on bream tackle.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

NICE CATCH: Dan Raby reeled in a bar­racuda, which ate a sweet­lip hooked on a soft plas­tic.

PHOTO: ASH MATTHEWS

ABOVE: Lo­cal Justin O'Neil with a nice nan­ny­gai caught at the reef with Sea Fever.

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