New moon has grunter bit­ing

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -


THE re­lent­less south-east winds have con­tin­ued over most of the last week mak­ing a trip to the reef a lit­tle bumpy. Those mak­ing the ef­fort were re­warded with good re­ports of reef fish taken. A few Span­ish mack­erel taken over the dark moon and hope­fully the num­bers will im­prove over the next month.

— Ash Matthews, Sea

Fever Sport­fish­ing

Rock walls

WHITING and flat­head have been caught in good num­bers off Can­non­vale Beach us­ing peeled prawns for the whiting and soft plas­tics for the flat­head. Cast­ing sur­face lures dur­ing the late af­ter­noon has been pro­vid­ing great fun on some de­cent sized queen­fish. Us­ing live bait will work with salmon and grunter get­ting into the mix. Abel Point rock wall and un­der Co­ral Sea jetty is fish­ing well for grunter, fin­ger­mark and the odd man­grove jack mostly taken on pilchard baits.


EVEN with the big­ger tides, the is­lands con­tinue to fish very well.

The mack­erel have come onto the chew with Narra In­let, Mack­erel Bay and Han­nah Point all pro­duc­ing some good fish.

The tides made fish­ing the bot­tom a bit tricky over the past week­end but there have been re­ports of good co­ral trout and sweet­lip in the shal­lower wa­ters.

Those who gave the deeper wa­ter a go were re­warded with nice red em­per­ors and nan­ny­gai.

With tides eas­ing off dur­ing this week fish­ing for some tasty reef fish should only im­prove.


CRABS num­bers have ta­pered off slightly but checking your pots reg­u­larly, ev­ery 45 min­utes to an hour and mov­ing them around should see a cou­ple more crabs in the esky.

Fish­ing the shal­low banks, gut­ters and rock bars is still the best bet if bar­ra­mundi is your tar­get species.

Snags, bends and points that break up the cur­rent or form a back eddy will also be worth a cast or two for salmon and bar­ra­mundi.

Shal­low sand bars are pro­duc­ing some qual­ity whiting for those fish­ing prawn baits with a few flat­head be­ing taken on shal­low div­ing lures and soft plas­tics.

Peter Faust Dam

THE dam fished a lit­tle slow over the week­end but some good fish were caught.

Slow trolling, re­peat, slow trolling the main basin did the trick for most who caught fish.

Per­sis­tence was the key to catch­ing fish up in the sticks.

Work­ing ar­eas thor­oughly and putting in the casts with three me­tre hard body lures worked su­per slow with lots of twitches and pauses proved the down­fall of th­ese snag dwelling fish.

— Ryan Fuller, Whit­sun­day

Fish­ing World

Hy­de­away Bay/Dingo Beach

THE crabs have qui­etened down a lit­tle in num­bers but the qual­ity be­ing caught is right up there.

On the reef fish­ing scene the co­ral trout have clammed up a lit­tle since the new moon but the grunter and the nan­ny­gai are start­ing to fire up in the deeper wa­ter, fresh strip baits have been bring­ing th­ese fish un­done.

— Mick Un­der­wood, Reel

Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing


GOLDEN CATCH: Ben Sil­ver­thorn with one of a few nice golden trevally that he caught with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

Have you landed a big catch re­cently? Email pho­tos to ed­i­tor@whit­sun­day


Mal Kimp­ton catches a nice Spa­niard in the Whit­sun­days last week.


Steve Sil­ver­thorn with a monster gold spot cod. A se­ri­ously good catch on 12lb line.


Nena Mudgee caught her big­gest fish ever - a Span­ish mack­eral on a hand line.

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