Get amongst the bill­fish bo­nanza

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Reef

CON­DI­TIONS at the reef at the mo­ment are fan­tas­tic for both sport/game fish­er­men as well as the bot­tom fish­er­men.

The wa­ter over this last week has turned al­most pur­ple it is so clear, bring­ing with it pelagic fish.

This is the best wa­ter to find your bill­fish (mar­lin and sail­fish) as well as Span­ish mack­erel, tuna, wa­hoo and dol­phin fish.

Ju­ve­nile black mar­lin are do­ing their an­nual run down the coast with ports fur­ther north, both Cairns and Townsville, hav­ing bumper sea­sons in­shore which equates to a good out­look for us in the Whit­sun­days.

Trolling pusher style lures along tide changes or wa­ter colour changes are a good spot to start.

At all the in­shore is­lands out to the reef is a chance at hook­ing these tro­phy fish.

Lots more could be said, but if you’re un­sure get down to your lo­cal tackle shop as these guys live and breath it and are a wealth of in­for­ma­tion

— Ash Matthews, Sea

Fever Sport­fish­ing

Is­lands

THE mack­erel have fi­nally come onto the chew with great re­ports from most who got out at the week­end.

Mack­erel Bay and Dol­phin Point pro­duced the best num­ber of fish with live bait­ing, trolling baits and jig­ging be­ing the best tech­niques.

Quite a few bill­fish were sighted over the week­end. Adding a pusher or rigged garfish into your trolling spread could see you hooked up to one of these ac­ro­batic speed­sters.

Bot­tom fish­ing is still go­ing very well with lots of red throat about and some qual­ity trout and sweet­lip adding to the mix.

Rock­walls

FISH­ING the rock walls with live baits has been the most con­sis­tent way to hook into a few fish.

There’s been a good va­ri­ety of pelag­ics, grunter and salmon mak­ing up the bulk of cap­tures.

Peeled prawns, garfish and mul­let fil­lets make a great al­ter­na­tive if livies are hard to come by.

Cast­ing metal spoons, vibes and sur­face lures early morn­ing or late af­ter­noon for queen­fish, salmon and mack­erel.

Rivers

GRUNTER and salmon are pro­duc­ing the best cap­tures in our rivers on live prawns and strips of mul­let.

Most barra are be­ing caught around the mouths and head­lands of most rivers with live bait­ing, plas­tics and hard bod­ies that dive two to three me­ters do­ing the job. — Ryan Fuller, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing world

Dingo Beach/Hy­de­away Bay

PER­FECT weather, tides and wa­ter clar­ity cul­mi­nated in an awe­some Span­ish mack­erel bite.

The mack­erel haven’t been to fussy, eat­ing largely what ever was put in front of them.

The in­shore reef fish­ing scene has been a lit­tle clammed up but we’ve still been get­ting a re­ac­tion bite out of a few nice trout by ei­ther trolling or cast­ing hard body lures.

— Mick Un­der­wood, Reel

Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing

PHOTO: ASH MATTHEWS

TOP TROUT: Six-year-old Shan­non Matthews went to the reef with dad and caught this 69cm coral trout.

PHOTO: ASH MATTHEWS

Tony War­nett with a Span­ish mack­erel caught at the reef with Sea Fever Sport Fish­ing.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RIGHT: Gaye Story caught this 67cm pearl perch near Dou­ble Cone Is­land.

PHOTO: MICK UN­DER­WOOD

John and Coen Mitchell with a nice golden trevally caught with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

PHOTO: MICK UN­DER­WOOD

Si­mon Young with a 15kg long­tail tuna landed with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

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