Tides align­ing for this week­end

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Rock walls

BLUE sal­mon have started to show up around the rock walls tak­ing live baits of garfish or her­ring. Peeled prawns and garfish fil­lets fished dur­ing the run in tide is still a very good way to catch a tasty feed of grunter. There is still quite a few man­grove jacks feed­ing around the rocks and pilchard baits should en­tice these fish.

Is­lands

THERE are good re­ports of reef fish be­ing caught around the is­lands co­ral trout, sweet­lip and blue tusk fish have been in good num­bers. Tak­ing pilchards, squid and strip baits in water around the 5-15 me­tre mark. If the water cleans up with the smaller tides the mack­erel should start to bite a bit bet­ter. Trolling seems to be the best tech­nique for chas­ing mack­erel as it al­lows you to cover ground and find the fish. The week­end tides will be favourable for those wish­ing to fish the deeper water for red em­peror and nan­ny­gai. Fish­ing squid baits could also see you hooked up to fin­ger­mark and Jew fish.

Rivers

CRABS are still be­ing caught in rea­son­able num­bers. Check­ing pots reg­u­larly and mov­ing them around the sys­tem will also help to­wards putting a few more crabs in the esky. Grunter and sal­mon have been the more ac­tive fish be­ing caught in the rivers. Us­ing prawn or mul­let baits around rock bars and drains should pro­vide a great feed. If barra are your tar­get, go­ing to the ef­fort of catch­ing live bait will be your best bet at hook­ing into one of these ac­ro­batic fish.

Dam

PETER Faust Dam has been quiet over the last week. Trolling 5-8 me­tre divers as slow as pos­si­ble is still pro­duc­ing some good barra. Ven­tur­ing up into the sticks and work­ing the shal­low weed beds on the edges or amongst the trees should pro­vide slightly bet­ter chances at find­ing some ac­tive fish. Look­ing for those warmer water ar­eas that can be found in these back ar­eas.

— Ryan Fuller, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World

Dingo Beach/Hy­de­away Bay

SOLID south-east trade winds have re­stricted fish­ing to mostly in­shore and it looks like the same con­di­tions are go­ing to per­sist over the next few days. The shal­low in­shore reefs are still pro­duc­ing a few trout and good num­bers of sweet­lip. Try tar­get­ing the edges of reefs or rub­ble patches to sin­gle out the big­ger lip­pers. The same sort of coun­try is pro­duc­ing some good school mack­erel. Trolling hard bod­ies or work­ing plas­tics in a quick er­ratic fash­ion is bring­ing these fish un­done.

Not too many re­ports of good fish com­ing from the es­tu­ar­ies but the mud­dies are mak­ing up for it.

Flat­head and whit­ing are abun­dant off the beaches. Both the flat­ties and the whit­ing are re­spond­ing to bait and lures although tar­get­ing whit­ing on lures can be a chal­lenge. Make sure you’re us­ing long su­per light lead­ers to tempt a bite. — Mick Un­der­wood, Reel

Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing

Reef

TOUGH con­di­tions with the strong winds kept most away from the reef last week. The week­end looks like it could be okay be­fore the next pe­riod of strong winds.

— Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

PHOTO: ASH MATTHEWS

Do­minic Crisafi from Mel­bourne with an ice gi­ant trevally he caught and re­leased last week at the reef with Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Michael Kimp­ton landed this mon­ster of a GT in Hook Pas­sage last week.

PHOTO: MICK UN­DER­WOOD

GREAT CATCH: Heath Kier­nan with a cracker co­ral trout caught with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

PHOTO: MICK UN­DER­WOOD

Rata Cameron with her first long­tail tuna landed with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

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