Red em­peror a tasty re­ward

Cy­clone knocks num­bers, so head to deeper wa­ters

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT REELIN’ IN -

THE reef is fish­ing re­ally well at the mo­ment and this should con­tinue while we have this good weather.

Since the cy­clone, the co­ral trout num­bers have been down, es­pe­cially in shal­lows less than 20 me­tres.

Chasing trout in 25-plus me­tres is the best op­tion for suc­cess.

Red throat em­peror are still in fan­tas­tic num­bers and it’s hard to get away from th­ese tasty morsels.

A few red em­peror and nan­ny­gai have been taken fish­ing the high wa­ter side of the slack tide.

Span­ish mack­erel are in steady num­bers with­out be­ing in plague pro­por­tions.

Trolling the pres­sure points and drop-offs with hard-bod­ied lures or rigged garfish is the best method.

— Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Sportfishing

Rivers

BARRA have been a lit­tle hard to come by but down­siz­ing lures to smaller plas­tics, vibes, hard-bod­ied lures and smaller live baits will help to en­tice th­ese fish to bite.

When you find a bar­ra­mundi, stick with the spot and work it thor­oughly, be­cause barra school up dur­ing win­ter.

Rock and sand bars will still be the spots to fo­cus on for grunter and salmon on prawn and live baits.

There aren’t many crabs be­ing caught at the mo­ment but those that are have been of very good qual­ity and full of meat.

The prawns have got a bit of size about them now.

Those putting in the ef­fort have been re­warded with a tasty bonus from the creeks.

Rock­walls

WHIT­ING have been bit­ing well off Can­non­vale Beach dur­ing the run-in tide and hope­fully with the drop in weather Wil­son and Con­way Beaches will be wor­thy places to try.

Us­ing whit­ing for live baits or cast­ing soft plas­tics in th­ese ar­eas is also pro­duc­ing some very nice flat­head. Early morn­ing and late af­ter­noon are the times to be cast­ing shal­low div­ing and sur­face lures along with metal spoons to tar­get the mack­erel, queen­fish and trevally.

Is­lands

THE wa­ter is still a lit­tle dirty around the is­lands and spend­ing the time to find some cleaner wa­ter will greatly in­crease the chance of catch­ing some good fish.

Pilchard and prawn baits are pro­duc­ing the goods on the reef fish around the fring­ing reefs out to about the 30m mark.

The tides and weather are look­ing very promis­ing for ven­tur­ing out wide into the deeper wa­ter to tar­get red em­peror and nan­ny­gai; jew­fish and fin­ger­mark should also make a wel­comed ad­di­tion to the Esky around th­ese spots.

Mack­erel num­bers have im­proved, with all tech­niques pro­duc­ing fish.

Those who have been bait fish­ing for the mack­erel have re­ported a few co­bia show­ing up.

Fight th­ese fish un­til a pos­i­tive ID is made as most peo­ple mis­take co­bia for sharks when first sighted in the wa­ter and bust them off be­fore land­ing them.

— Ryan Fuller, Whit­sun­day

Fish­ing World

PHOTO: MICK UN­DER­WOOD

TOP CATCH: Rodd Melville, a Whit­sun­day lo­cal, with a nice grunter caught with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Nena Mudgee caught this co­ral trout around the is­lands last week­end.

PHOTO: ASH MATTHEWS

Lo­cal Mark Wright bagged this rip­per large mouth nan­ny­gai this week with Sea Fever Sportfishing.

Brett Smith from Mackay with a nice Span­ish mack­erel taken at the reef with Sea Fever Sportfishing.

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