In­shore catches take the bait

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Reef

AL­THOUGH the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture has dropped, the fish­ing con­tin­ues to be ex­cel­lent at the reef. Some mod­er­ate con­di­tions al­lowed a few to ven­ture to the reef over the last week in search of a good feed. Re­ports of good mixed bags of reefies have been taken. The week ahead is not look­ing too promis­ing with strong winds forecast.

— Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

Is­lands

AL­THOUGH the con­di­tions weren’t the great­est at the week­end, there have still been some promis­ing re­ports.

Find­ing clean wa­ter and trolling lures or baits saw some good mack­erel caught.

Bait fish­ing the shal­low and fring­ing reefs is still pro­duc­ing great mixed bags of red throat, sweet­lip and co­ral trout.

Those who man­aged to fish the deeper wa­ter when the con­di­tions al­lowed were re­warded with some qual­ity nan­ny­gai, with the odd jew­fish and fin­ger­mark be­ing wel­come by-catch.

Rivers

THE crabs have slowed down a touch but what they lack in num­bers they make up for in qual­ity.

Trolling 5–8m divers will be the best tech­nique for tar­get­ing barra. This will al­low you to cover more ground to find ac­tive fish. Once found, these fish can be tar­geted on soft plas­tics and vibes.

The mouths of the rivers have been pro­duc­ing the best num­bers of fish, with good num­bers of grunter and salmon be­ing taken on prawn, strip and live baits.

Peter Faust Dam

TROLLING the basin is still pro­duc­ing fish on 8m divers. Keep an eye out on the sounder as find­ing bait will be the key to suc­cess.

Cast­ing shal­low div­ing lures and plas­tics around the weed beds in the af­ter­noon should see some fish caught as these spots will warm up dur­ing the day.

Mak­ing the ex­tra ef­fort to find warmer wa­ter will also greatly im­prove your chances of catch­ing a barra.

It’s also a good time to downsize your gear to tar­get sooty grunter.

These fish can be great fun on 10–20lb gear, with smaller barra-style lures and soft plas­tics. — Ryan Fuller, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World

Hy­de­away Bay/Dingo Beach

THE in­shore fish­ing scene is still hold­ing up well, with good num­bers of trout and sweet­lip be­ing landed in the last week.

They are re­spond­ing well to both baits and soft plas­tics. Try us­ing small plas­tics and let them bounce off the bot­tom to at­tract good sweet­lip bites.

There have been some big bait schools out in Edge­cumbe Bay, bring­ing on some some good op­por­tu­ni­ties to sur­face fish for long-tail tuna and queen­fish. Cast­ing metal slices and trolling sur­face push­ers has been un­do­ing these fish.

The beach fish­ing scene isn’t too bad at the mo­ment ei­ther around the Glouces­ter area.

There are piles of whit­ing hang­ing around the shal­low sandy patches and there have been re­ports of good squid be­ing caught dur­ing the day off the beaches as well. Try us­ing a lightly weighted jig and tar­get the shal­low reefy patches to catch these tasty crit­ters.

— Mick Un­der­wood, Reel

Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing

PHOTO: ASH MATTHEWS

Mike Wilkin­son caught this 35kg Span­ish mack­erel at the reef with Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

TOP TROUT: Lo­cal Mt Ju­lian an­gler Han­nah Brown caught this 58cm co­ral trout around the Whit­sun­day is­lands on the week­end.

PHOTO: MICK UN­DER­WOOD

Pa­tri­cia Vella with a long-tail tuna caught with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

PHOTO: MICK UN­DER­WOOD

Jennifer Schacht with her first co­ral trout landed with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

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