Awe­some weather brings fish

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT REELIN’ IN -

Reef

IT WAS great to see so many trailer boats mak­ing the trip out wide in search of a feed.

The bot­tom fish­ing just con­tin­ues to be bril­liant with red throat em­peror and big co­ral trout mak­ing up the bulk of the catches.

The full moon has passed so tides will ease this com­ing week and the good fish­ing should con­tinue.

— Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

Dingo Beach/ Hy­de­away Bay

THE awe­some weather that we have all ex­pe­ri­enced the last few days has al­lowed an­glers to chase what­ever they want, wher­ever they want.

The sweet­lip have held up the in­shore reef fish­ing scene pretty well, with a few trout thrown in for good mea­sure.

The big­ger trout have been harder to get a bite out of, but by us­ing light tackle and some fi­nesse, an­glers will be re­warded.

Tar­get­ing in­shore bait schools has been pro­duc­ing some nice queen­fish and mul­ti­ple species of trevally.

Try trolling small, hard-body lures nice and fast around the edges of the bait schools for some light tackle fun.

The Span­ish mack­erel are show­ing up in­ter­mit­tently and have been mostly sit­ting deep in the water col­umn.

They’ve been hard to get on the chew but we’ve man­aged a cou­ple of bites on slow-trolled wolf her­ring.

With the breeze on the in­crease again, tar­get­ing in­shore fring­ing reefs and rub­ble patches will be the go un­til the breezes set­tle down again.

— Mick Un­der­wood, Reel

Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing

Rock­walls

BLUE salmon, queen­fish and the odd bar­ra­mundi are be­ing caught off the rocks at the VMR and Port of Air­lie, with best baits be­ing live mul­let or her­ring.

Lure wise, try soft plas­tics, and vibes are worth a try.

Peeled prawns have been re­li­able for grunter off the VMR or whit­ing at Can­non­vale Beach.

Floating live baits, pil­lies or cast­ing sur­face lures early in the morn­ing is a great way to tar­get the mack­erel from the rock walls.

Rivers

THE moon phase and warmer weather hints that the barra will wake up at the week­end, with some good re­ports of qual­ity fish be­ing caught.

Most of these fish fall to a small live bait.

Tar­get spots on the edge of the main cur­rent flow and ed­dies for these fish.

Cast­ing soft plas­tics around the drains and vibes around deep bends is pro­vid­ing some good num­bers of salmon.

Fresh mul­let strips or prawns on a run­ning sinker rig is the best way to catch a tasty feed of grunter.

Is­lands

IT WAS fan­tas­tic to fi­nally get a good run of weather, and from most of the re­ports, the fish­ing was just as great.

The mack­erel were still a bit quiet but baits trolled or fished deep were the un­do­ing of most fish caught.

Sweet­lip, redthroat and bluies are plen­ti­ful around the is­lands and fring­ing reef, read­ily tak­ing baits and soft plas­tics.

An­glers who worked the tides in the deeper water were re­warded with nan­ny­gai, red em­peror and some good qual­ity jew­fish.

— Ryan Fuller, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World

PHOTO: MICK UN­DER­WOOD

REELIN’ ROYALTY: Gavin Leo with a solid queen­fish caught on a hard body with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

PHOTO: MICK UN­DER­WOOD

Bryce McLaren shows off a nice trout landed with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Holly Wright with an­other great catch.

Jake Thomp­son with a red em­peror caught at the reef. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

PHOTO: MICK UN­DER­WOOD

Cindy Watts proud as punch with her 52cm sweet­lip landed with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

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