Is­lands yield­ing reef dwellers

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Rock walls

THE last half of the run in and first quar­ter of the run out tides are the best times to tar­get salmon, grunter, queen­fish and the odd barra off the VMR rock walls us­ing live baits or soft plas­tics. Try low tide at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club and Port of Air­lie with live baits for barra and jacks. Peeled prawns are still pro­duc­ing some good grunter.

Can­non­vale Beach and Con­way are still pro­duc­ing whit­ing dur­ing the ris­ing tide. Wil­sons Beach is fish­ing well for barra and salmon at low tide on both lures and baits.


FISH­ING the mouths of the rivers seems to be the most pro­duc­tive ar­eas for tar­get­ing salmon, grunter and flat­head. Fresh strip baits, live baits, prawns, soft plas­tics and soft vibes are all pro­duc­ing fish.

Live poddy mul­let fished in the deeper holes around low tide will be your best chance at a barra, with some qual­ity salmon and grunter to keep you oc­cu­pied be­tween barra.


ONCE again the is­lands fished well over the last week, re­ward­ing those who took the time off to ven­ture out onto the wa­ter with a good mix of reef fish. Sweet­lip and red throat are pro­vid­ing the bulk of the catch. There have also been some very good bluies get­ting about and the best tech­nique for th­ese fish is us­ing a heavy han­d­line with a lightly weighted prawn or crabs.

The mack­erel were still a bit quiet. They seem to be down deep, so try fish­ing baits deeper than usual or ver­ti­cal spin­ning for them with spoons when found on the sounder. — Ryan Fuller, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing world

Dingo Beach/ Hy­de­away Bay

MOST of the in­shore fish­ing in the last week has been pretty tough.

We’ve still been man­ag­ing to get a few reef dwellers by not sit­ting in one spot for too long and keep­ing on the move.

Most of the bet­ter reef fish have been caught on trolled hard bod­ies, the trick is to troll the lures nice and fast and close to the struc­ture.

The in­shore pelagic scene has been al­most non ex­is­tent with just a few school mack­erel com­ing to the boat.

It hasn’t been all doom and gloom though, the boats that man­aged to make it out to the shoals have all come home with good bags of nan­ny­gai and other deep reef species.

Beach an­glers are re­port­ing plenty of flat­head and whit­ing be­ing caught.

The next few days should see things im­prove with some nice weather fore­cast co­in­cid­ing with mak­ing tides. This will see most species start to eat a little more ea­gerly and al­low small boat an­glers safe ac­cess to all their favourite spots. Hope­fully a few big Span­ish mack­erel will be on the cards.

— Mick Un­der­wood, Reel

Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing


ANOTHER week gone and another bril­liant week of fish­ing at the reef. Bril­liant catches of red em­peror, nan­ny­gai, red throat and trout con­tinue. The mack­erel have been a bit patchy with some days not sight­ing one and other days smash­ing num­bers. Time to fuel the boat up and get out there.

— Ash­ley Matthews, Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing


TROP­I­CAL GEM: Seven-year-old Reef Un­der­wood with a nice trout des­tined for the dinner ta­ble.


Five-year-old Ella Brodie caught this nice flat­head at Midge Point at the week­end.

Trevor Cal­lanan with his eight-year-old son Jed. Trevor is hold­ing up Jed’s gold spot cod landed with Reel Ad­dic­tion.


Jack Grigg caught this slatey on a hand line in the Whit­sun­days this week.

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