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Reef

FISH­ING at the reef over the last week has been steady with­out break­ing any records. Plenty of red throat con­tinue to be caught but the good trout num­bers vary day to day.

Sharks are be­com­ing more ac­tive as the water tem­per­a­ture starts to in­crease. They will quickly pounce on a free feed if given half a chance.

Things are look­ing good for the game fish tour­na­ment on Oc­to­ber 12-15.

Plenty of tuna schools get­ting around and re­ports of sail­fish and ju­ve­nile black mar­lin. — Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing

Rock­walls

BARRAMUNDI have started with all this re­cent warm weather and will only get bet­ter around the full moon.

Best spots to try for a barramundi are the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club rock wall, Whis­per Bay and Port of Air­lie with an­glers us­ing live mul­let for the best re­sults with a few fish also be­ing caught on div­ing hard bod­ied lures.

As the tides are big­ger this is also a prime time to fish the lo­cal rock wall with fresh prawns or garfish fil­lets chasing grunter with a few lucky an­glers catch­ing them around the 50 cm mark.

Creeks and rivers

MANGROVE jack in the small coastal rivers have been biting well on live mul­let and mul­let fil­lets on the run in tide with an­glers catch­ing the odd barramundi.

Mud crabs have been caught as well and should get bet­ter as the sea­son kicks off.

Proser­pine River has been fish­ing well for king sal­mon with an­glers fish­ing the deep bends of the creeks with live prawns and soft vibes catch­ing king sal­mon,.

Barramundi have been caught in the Proser­pine River by an­glers us­ing live baits and flick­ing lures around the snags with Fly­ing Fox the best spot.

Is­lands

THE is­lands are the place to go to find a good feed of sweet­lip and co­ral trout with re­ports from an­glers fish­ing the fring­ing reef in 10 – 15 me­tres of water with pilchards and squid.

Tuna are here also for those an­glers who want a bit of sports fish­ing fun with schools around Gum­bell Is­land and Long Is­land hav­ing good feed­ing fish.

Span­ish mack­erel have also been caught on live baits around Narra in­let, Han­nah Point and Hook Pas­sage.

Dol­phin Point has had a few an­glers hook­ing into some sail­fish and black mar­lin. — Grant Spees Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World

Dingo Beach/ Hy­de­away Bay

THE fish­ing has been a bit patchy over the last week.

The deeper water around the out­side edges of the is­lands have been hard work but there are still some nice trout and sweet­lip be­ing caught in­shore nice and close to home.

Trolling hard body lures over the shal­low reefs has been pro­duc­ing the best bites for these fish.

There has been a lot of bait push­ing in­shore over the last few days and there are plenty of tuna that have fol­lowed them in.

The bait fish that they're feed­ing on are tiny so make sure your lures are as well. — Mick Un­der­wood, Reel

Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing

GREAT FISH: Michael Kimp­ton and Dan Seale catch and re­lease a nice sail­fish near Hook Is­land last week.

Jim An­der­son from Bris­bane landed this cod on Sun­day at the reef.

Nine-year-old Reece Matthews caught his first ever mac tuna with Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing.

Six-year-old Shan­non Matthews with his first ever mac tuna caught at the reef with dad on Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing.

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