Catch­ing live bait pays off

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

Rock walls

GO­ING to the trou­ble of catch­ing live baits will greatly in­crease your chances of catch­ing some qual­ity fish around the rock walls. Salmon, grunter, queen­fish and mack­erel are the tar­get fish. Lightly weighted prawn or pilchard baits will also the the trick if live baits are hard to come by. The late af­ter­noon tide change at Wil­son’s Beach will be a great time to tar­get salmon and a few bar­ra­mundi on live baits, soft plas­tics and shal­low div­ing lures.

Rivers

THE rivers were a lit­tle tough to fish over the week­end with the big­ger tides but will get bet­ter as the tides ease through­out the week. Live prawns and mul­let baits are pro­duc­ing the best re­sults on salmon, grunter and flat­head. Those tar­get­ing the back ed­dies and holes at low tide with vibes and soft plas­tics were re­warded with some good salmon and barra. Putting in the ex­tra ef­fort to check pots reg­u­larly and mov­ing them around is the trick to catch­ing your­self a great feed of mud crabs.

Is­lands

THE cooler con­di­tions have brought the mack­erel onto the chew, but un­for­tu­nately the big tides dirt­ied the water up a bit, which meant spend­ing time to find the cleaner water meant the dif­fer­ence in catch­ing these fish.

Trolling garfish, wolf her­ring and fish­ing live baits are still pro­duc­ing bet­ter then trolled hard-bod­ied lures. The large tides made for tough fish­ing for reds and jew­fish. Cut­tle­fish and fresh squid with the smaller tides this week­end should make for ideal con­di­tions if the weather stays on track. Fish­ing the fring­ing reefs and pro­tected bays ba­si­cally get­ting out of the cur­rent pro­duced the best catches dur­ing the week­end. This should con­tinue through­out the week fish­ing pilchard and prawn baits lightly weighted.

— Ryan Fuller, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World

Reef

AN­OTHER pro­duc­tive week at the reef last week. Some qual­ity Span­ish mack­erel taken with lead-up to the new moon a good bite time for them. Good reef fish across the board re­ported. The com­ing week has the tides neap­ing out so should be good for more reef fish ac­tion

— Ash Matthews, Sea

Fever Sport­fish­ing

Dingo Beach/Hy­de­away Bay

SOLID south-east trade winds have kept most peo­ple fish­ing in-shore over the past few days. The reef fish­ing has been patchy with the best fish com­ing from right up in the shal­lows. We’ve been get­ting a few fish on baits but the best bites have come from cast­ing small hard body lures.

Beach an­glers are still hav­ing a ball chas­ing whit­ing and flat­head.

Try tar­get­ing the shal­low patches of clean sand for the whit­ing and keep mov­ing around to find the patches of flat­head.

The trade breezes have put a damp­ener on most peo­ple get­ting to their favourite Span­ish mack­erel haunts and they look like they’re go­ing to con­tinue. There should be some patches of light winds early in the morn­ings, al­low­ing keen an­glers a short win­dow to tar­get these big speed­sters.

— Mick Un­der­wood, Reel

Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing

TER­RIFIC TROUT: Car­men Parter landed this co­ral trout with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

Ethan Boyle landed a stel­lar red em­peror with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing last week.

Holly Wright landed a lovely trevally with A-one Fish­ing Char­ters.

Alex Sher­riff with a nice golden trevally caught on light line with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

Grant Spees with a nice bar­ra­mundi.

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