Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - — Grant Spees, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World

Dingo Beach/ Hy­de­away Bay

THERE hasn’t been a lot to re­port on from the last week as the con­tin­u­a­tion of heavy winds has re­stricted most peo­ple from get­ting out on the wa­ter.

On the beaches the flat­head and whit­ing have started to move in, which is a nice re­lax­ing way to spend some time with the kids.

Co­ral trout and sweet­lip should be around in num­bers off the close to home spots.

If you can lo­cate any bait schools around the same country then there will be some nice pelagic ac­tiv­ity. — Mick Un­der­wood, Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing



THE is­lands have had great num­bers of big trout around them for an­glers fish­ing the fring­ing reef with pilchards and squid.

Fish­ing in the deeper wa­ter around pi­o­neer rocks, Day­dream Is­land and the Molle is­lands with the smaller tides has been the best pick the spots with re­ports of some large co­ral trout.

Span­ish mack­erel have started to show up and it looks like it should be a bumper sea­son with good re­ports from Hay­man Is­land, Narra In­let and Mack­erel Bay.

Most fish have been re­ported to be around 15-20kg with most be­ing caught on the troll and a few fish­ing live fusiliers un­der bal­loons on the run out tide off Narra In­let and Mack­erel Bay.

Rivers, Creeks

THE rivers have been fish­ing well as the flood plains wa­ter lev­els are drop­ping and fish are mov­ing back into the rivers and creeks.

Live bait fish­ing with mul­let from re­ports has been the best way to land a few de­cent size barra.

Man­grove jacks are get­ting even bet­ter now with re­ports of some great fish be­ing caught on pilchards and mul­let fil­let.

Jacks seem to be best on the first of the run in from re­ports from an­glers catch­ing a few.

Rock walls, wharf

SHUTE Har­bour wharf has been windy but it hasn’t stopped an­glers hav­ing a fish.

Re­ports of a few co­ral trout be­ing caught off the wharf and the odd man­grove jack.

Queen­fish and trevally have been there and should only get bet­ter as the winds die off and the bait­fish move back in around the wharf.

Rock walls have had good runs of grunter on the ris­ing tide fish­ing with prawn and fil­let baits.

Bar­ra­mundi are still around the rock walls with guys flick­ing lures around the walls get­ting the odd barra and man­grove jack.


GREAT GT: Pete Braga from Brisbane bags a nice GT at the reef with Sea Fever Sport Fish­ing.

Chris Cou­p­land with his PB Span­ish mack­erel caught at the reef with Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing.

Peter Braga caught this rip­per red em­peror prior to cy­clone Iris with Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing.

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