Coral trout on the chew in warmer tem­per­a­tures

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN SPORT -

Dingo Beach/ Hy­de­away Bay

AS THE wa­ter temps con­tinue to climb, a few more fish are com­ing out of their win­ter slum­ber and com­ing to life open­ing up more op­tions for an­glers.

The lo­cal coral trout pop­u­la­tion has be­gun to come to life with some nice spec­i­mens be­ing caught nice and close to home.

Soft plas­tics and fresh cut baits have been get­ting the best fish.

The start and the fin­ish of the ebb tide has been when most of the best bites have been hap­pen­ing and it has been im­por­tant to keep mov­ing around reg­u­larly to stay on a con­sis­tent bite.

Up in the creeks there is plenty of bait (mostly her­ring) around and this has bought the lo­cal man­grove jack pop­u­la­tion to life.

Re­ports are com­ing in of some nice spec­i­mens be­ing caught in all our lo­cal sys­tems.

I haven’t seen too many bar­ra­mundi be­ing caught as yet, but it won’t be long be­fore they spring to life as well.

We have some nice light north-east­ers fore­cast over the next few days which open up the doors for some off­shore fish­ing.

It might be time to sneak out to the shoals and bag a nan­ny­gai or two or even right out to the reef and get a feed of tasty red throat em­peror and coral trout.

— Mick Un­der­wood, Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing

Char­ters

Is­lands

THE Is­lands have been fir­ing for the an­glers who braved the windy con­di­tions.

Span­ish mack­erel were in close with some great re­ports com­ing from an­glers fish­ing the is­lands around Shute Har­bour and the Molle is­lands.

Best re­ports have come from guys trolling rib­bon­fish which hooked some big span­ish mack­erel.

Dol­phin point has also been fish­ing ex­tremely well with an­glers catch­ing some 20kg plus size fish trolling garfish and deep div­ing lures on the run in tide with an­glers also re­port­ing a few sail­fish and black mar­lin show­ing up around dol­phin point.

Coral trout have come on the bite and have been bit­ing well, as well as sweet lip for an­glers fish­ing the fring­ing reef around all of the is­lands.

Re­ports of tuna are com­ing in more and more and shouldn’t be long be­fore the tuna sea­son gets fir­ing.

Gi­ant trevally have also been re­ported in good num­bers around the is­lands at the mo­ment and should only get bet­ter as we get closer to sum­mer.

Creeks and Rivers

THE Proser­pine River has been fish­ing well and with only a cou­ple of weeks be­fore the clo­sure of bar­ra­mundi sea­son now is the time to catch a bar­ra­mundi.

An­glers have been do­ing well live bait­ing in the bends of the river and creek junc­tions fish­ing around the bot­tom of the tide has been the best time to catch a fish.

An­glers fish­ing lures have also been catch­ing a lot of bar­ra­mundi and threadfin salmon with soft vibes from re­ports do­ing the best job.

An­glers trolling in the river with rmg scor­pion 5m and 8m divers have been re­port­ing a lot of bar­ra­mundi and king salmon be­ing caught around fly­ing fox and up the river at the break thru.

The smaller coastal creeks have been fish­ing well with an­glers re­port­ing some bar­ra­mundi, flat­head and man­grove jack on the bite at the mo­ment with an­glers us­ing small hard body lures and live mul­let get­ting the best re­sults.

Mud crabs have also been re­ported and will only get bet­ter and bet­ter as we get more rain and as the wa­ter temp picks up a bit more.

Rock walls and shore fish­ing

SHORE fish­ing has been good with most an­glers re­port­ing a bit of ac­tion.

VMR has been fish­ing well with good re­ports of bar­ra­mundi com­ing from an­glers fish­ing the ris­ing tide us­ing live mul­let.

An­glers us­ing prawns have re­ported a few good grunter.

Shute Har­bour wharf has been fish­ing well un­til the wind came up.

There has been a lot of trevally get­ting around Shute Har­bour hit­ting live baits early in the morn­ing and late in the evening.

Squid have been in good num­bers at night around Shute Har­bour with a few an­glers catch­ing a good feed of squid.

Can­non­vale beach and new beach have both had a lot of good size whit­ing and a few flat­head get­ting caught fish­ing the ris­ing tide with prawns and worms be­ing the best baits from re­ports. — Grant Spees, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World

BACK N’ BIT­ING: John Stelling with a nice Coral Trout.

Troy Aleck­son with a good queeny plucked from un­der a bait school.

Jas­mine Noga with a flat­head caught from Shute Har­bour over the week­end.

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