Fish­ing chal­lenges amid rain

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Rock walls

CAST­ING sur­face lures or metal spoons early morn­ing and late af­ter­noon will pro­vide some fun on small mack­erel, trevally and queen­fish.

Fish­ing strips of garfish and peeled prawns is still pro­duc­ing good grunter off the walls, with the odd fin­ger­mark mak­ing an ap­pear­ance.

Can­non­vale Beach has re­ported good num­bers of whit­ing be­ing caught on the run-in tide us­ing peeled prawns for bait.

Is­lands

CORAL trout are show­ing up in bet­ter num­bers to add a bit more va­ri­ety to the sweet­lip and tusk fish that have been abun­dant in the re­cent weeks.

As the wa­ter starts to clear up, the mack­erel should come on the chew.

There have also been a few large co­bia be­ing caught by those chas­ing the mack­erel.

A few fin­ger­mark and jew­fish were re­port­edly caught by those who got out to fish the deeper wa­ter last week while out chas­ing red em­peror and nan­ny­gai, which were out and about in de­cent num­bers.

Rivers

FISH­ING live baits and prawns has been get­ting the best re­sults from our rivers, pro­duc­ing barra, salmon and grunter.

The river mouths seem to be the pick of spots af­ter that bit of rain has flushed into the sys­tems.

For those want­ing to cast lures, weed­less rigged soft plas­tics are the go as they can be cast hard up into struc­ture and fished very slowly.

Peter Faust Dam

THE re­cent rain has slowed down the bar­ra­mundi in the dam.

Trolling the main basin with 5–8m div­ing lures around the tide changes will greatly in­crease your chance of hook­ing your­self a large bar­ra­mundi.

Fish­ing sur­face lures and plas­tics in the bays that the wind blows into dur­ing the af­ter­noon should pro­duce some fish as the wa­ter is gen­er­ally a cou­ple of de­grees warmer in these ar­eas. — Ryan Fuller, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World

Hy­de­away Bay/ Dingo Beach

THE fish­ing has been a lit­tle tough in the past week, with an­glers hav­ing to pick the eyes out of things to come up with a de­cent catch.

A few trout have been caught but are mostly bor­der­line le­gal size.

Sweet­lip are the main­stay of the reef fish­ing scene at the mo­ment.

They aren’t the big­gest fish in the world but they are cer­tainly right up there among the tasti­est.

There have been a few queen­fish and giant trevally hang­ing around the bait schools.

The queen­fish are re­spond­ing well to soft plas­tics and the giant trevally have been a lit­tle fussier, but we’ve been able to get them to eat well-pre­sented live baits.

Try hunt­ing near the head­lands and around the ship­ping bea­cons.

With the big low tides that we’ve got at the mo­ment, it’s a good time to walk along the beach and pick up a feed of oys­ters off the rocks.

— Mick Un­der­wood, Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing Char­ters

Reef

PRIOR to the heavy rain on Thurs­day and Fri­day the fish­ing was ex­cel­lent.

It was good to see ex­cel­lent num­bers of qual­ity coral trout taken up to 65cm as well as red em­peror, job­fish and plenty of good size red throat em­peror.

Although the tides were small a few Spanish mack­erel were also taken.

The week ahead has the new moon on Fri­day.

— Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

PHOTO: ASH MATTHEWS E EWS

NICE ONE: Mike Wilkin­son with a nice red em­peror caught at the reef last Wed­nes­day with S Sea Fever. Have you landed a big catch re­cently? Email pho­tos to ed­i­tor@whit­sun­day times.com.au

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Mor­gan Tween caught a beau­ti­ful golden trevally while on a Bar­ra2Bill­fish fish­ing char­ter trip last Sun­day.

PHOTO: MICK UN­DER­WOOD

Pete Fox­all with a nice queen­fish on a soft plas­tic.

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