Hydeaway Bay/Dingo Beach

Whitsunday Times - - FISHING -

IT’S go­ing to be hard to tell you guys about any glam­orous off­shore fish­ing tales this week as even blind Freddy could see that the weather has been killing us and things look like they’re go­ing to get worse be­fore they get bet­ter.

There is a bit of a sil­ver lin­ing though as the re­cent rains have stirred the mud crabs up.

The same rains will also bring on our first run of prawns for the sum­mer.

Tar­get our lo­cal prawn pop­u­la­tion with a cast net when the tide has plenty of height in it. Then con­cen­trate your ef­forts hard up against the man­groves and then as the tide re­cedes, move away from the man­groves and work your net around any gut­ter open­ings where the water is drain­ing off the flats and into the creeks.

My pre­ferred ar­eas to en­joy a good prawn hunt are from Sin­clair Bay around to the flats sys­tems out in front of the Gre­gory River and Billy’s Creek.

For shore-based an­glers there has been some pretty good squid fish­ing over the last few days.

Dingo Beach, Hydeaway Bay, Nelly Bay and the beaches around the Cape Glouces­ter re­gion are all pro­duc­ing the goods.

Nor­mally I ex­pect to see the squid hang­ing around any shal­low reef and weedy ar­eas but at the mo­ment a lot of the squid are pa­trolling along struc­ture­less, clean, open sandy coun­try.

So if you’re look­ing for some­thing to do, grab a light spin stick and a cou­ple of jigs and go for a stroll along a beach some­where. fish­ing around 10-15m deep.

Us­ing half pilchards on the run-out tide has been the best time from re­ports.

Shute Har­bour has had a good run of grey mack­erel and Span­ish mack­erel feed­ing on bait schools with an­glers re­port­ing trolling and cast metal slugs the best ways to tar­get the mack­erel. re­ally good size man­grove jack be­ing caught at night from off the rock wall.

— Mick Un­der­wood, Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing Char­ters

PHOTO: MICK UN­DER­WOOD

Rod­ney Bell with a rip­per of a sweet­lip.

PHOTO: MICK UN­DER­WOOD

Kris Long­man pic­tured with his first-ever long­tail tuna.

Zac Xuereb with a 35kg gi­ant trevally on board a Sea Fever Sport Fish­ing char­ter.

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