Deep wa­ter jew­ies on the chew

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Rock walls

BARRA are start­ing to show up in bet­ter num­bers. Fish­ing live baits around Whis­per Bay and Port of Air­lie rock walls dur­ing the run in tide for best re­sults.

Grunter have been read­ily tak­ing strip and prawn baits fished on a run­ning sinker rig.

Whit­ing can still be tar­geted off Can­non­vale beach on peeled prawns with an in com­ing tide.

Cast­ing soft plas­tics should also en­tice some of the flat­head hang­ing with the schools of whit­ing.

Cast­ing spoons, vibes and sur­face lures dur­ing dusk and dawn will pro­vide some great fun for smaller pelag­ics and blue sal­mon.

Rivers

BARRA were still a lit­tle hit and miss this pre­vi­ous week, but that should all change as we lead into the next full moon.

Best re­ports came from the mouth of most creeks fish­ing soft plas­tics, vibes and live baits into gut­ters and holes.

Wil­sons beach is fish­ing well around the low tide change with barra, sal­mon and grunter fall­ing for baits, plas­tics and shal­low diving lures.

Fish­ing the rock bars and gut­ters fur­ther up the creeks will pro­vide some ac­tion on sal­mon and grunter. Keep an eye out for prawns in th­ese ar­eas as the fish won’t be too far away and will greatly in­crease your chances.

Crabs are still quiet so the ex­tra ef­fort to check pots reg­u­larly and move them around will pay off.

Is­lands

MACK­EREL started to show up in bet­ter num­bers.

They are start­ing to come on the chew and the build­ing tides should only help im­prove the mack­erel fish­ing into the week­end.

Tides were ideal for fish­ing out wide and deeper with good re­ports of reds, nan­ni­gai and jew­fish be­ing caught on squid, soft plas­tics and jigs.

Bill­fish are out there but a bit shy. Keep­ing a close eye on baits and rods is a must as most fish need to be teased and en­ticed into eat­ing your of­fer­ing.

Trout num­bers are in­creas­ing, how­ever they still seem to be best tar­geted in deeper wa­ter around the 25-30m depth.

Prawn and pilchard baits fished off the fring­ing reefs down to the 20 meter mark is fish­ing well for sweet­lip, red throat and tusk­fish.

— Ruan Fuller, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World

Dingo Beach/Hy­de­away Bay

SOME mak­ing tides and nice weather over the last week has seen a vast im­prove­ment across most fish­ing fronts.

Re­ports are com­ing in that the es­tu­ar­ies are fir­ing up well with blue sal­mon and grunter hav­ing a nice chew.

Shore an­glers are hav­ing a ball with plenty of flat­head be­ing caught.

An­glers keen to have a fish off our beau­ti­ful beaches in the evening have been catch­ing some nice sweet­lip up in the shal­lows on a mak­ing tide.

The reefies have fired back up again as well, but the most con­sis­tent ac­tion is com­ing from the deeper wa­ter with good num­bers of fin­ger­mark, grunter and jew­ies com­ing aboard.

The stand­out tech­nique for tar­get­ing th­ese crit­ters at the mo­ment has been mi­cro jig­ging. Try­ing to mus­cle over big fish on tiny lures and light line is very doable and piles of fun.

— Mick Un­der­wood, Reel

Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing

PHO­TOS: MICK UN­DER­WOOD

TOP MAC: Steve Fal­coner with a cracker of a Span­ish mack­erel landed on light spin gear with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

Mitch Hen­der­son caught this 68cm coral trout near White­haven Beach at the week­end.

Wayne White with a solid Golden Trevally landed with Reel ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

John Cocks with a sweet­lip caught while on char­ter with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

Ben Sil­ver­thorn with a golden trevally that he caught with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

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