Re­cent rain­fall fires up creek fish­ing

Whitsunday Times - - FISHING REELIN’ IN -


The re­cent rains have made fish­ing fire up in the small coastal creeks around Air­lie and Shute Har­bour with an­glers catch­ing a heaps of man­grove jacks us­ing pilchards and mul­let fil­lets fish­ing the run in tide.

An­glers have also re­ported good mud crabs around the mouths of the creeks and in the bays.

An­glers have also re­ported good size flat­head and the odd bar­ra­mundi at the mouths of the creeks.

Re­ports from the Proser­pine River have been crabs, crabs and more crabs with an­glers catch­ing a heap of crabs around the mouth and rock bar near the boat ramp.


The rock walls have been fish­ing well with plenty of grunter be­ing caught off all the rock walls. Best re­ports have been from an­glers fish­ing with prawns or fish fil­lets on the ris­ing tide in the early hours of the morn­ing or late evening has been the best times to chase a grunter.

An­glers who have used live baits around the rock walls have found queen­fish, golden trevally and some great size fin­ger­mark bream. Plenty of GT’s off Shute Har­bour along with Queen­fish.


Fring­ing reefs are hold­ing some very nice coral trout and sweet­lip best bait be­ing pilchards and squid.

Small mack­erel and tuna schools are show­ing up around the is­lands, for tuna us­ing 20gm sil­ver slugs be­ing best op­tion.

Fish­ing for mack­erel try us­ing small slugs and soft plas­tics.

Live her­ring also a good op­tion.

Outer is­lands still hold some span­ish mack­erel in Mack­erel Bay, Dol­phin Point and Nara In­let.

Trolling hard bod­ies, float­ing pilchards and live fusiliers should be the go, if at Mack­erel Bay try jig­ging the bait schools.

The deeper holes at Whit­sun­day Pas­sage are hold­ing good size jew fish just off the South Molle Is­land.

— Grant Spees, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World


It’s nice to see the weather mod­er­ate enough to al­low ev­ery­one back out on the wa­ter.

There is plenty of ac­tion up in the creeks.

I wouldn’t want to be a bait fish in a creek at the mo­ment as ev­ery­thing is get­ting smashed by gig preda­tory fish.

Re­ports are com­ing in of some big Man­grove Jack and fin­ger­mark be­ing caught.

In amongst them are a few Blue Salmon and for the sports fish­er­man there’s tar­pon ev­ery­where.

After the re­cent rains there has been a lot of tan­nin stained wa­ter hang­ing around in­shore which hasn’t helped the reef fish bite, but it is start­ing to dis­ap­pear now which should see the reef fish­ing im­prove over the com­ing days.

In the chan­nel be­tween Glouces­ter Is­land and the main­land and along the coast from Cape Glouces­ter down to Sin­clair Bay there is plenty of bait get­ting worked over by the in­shore pelag­ics.

Keep an eye out for the birds, they’ll give the show away on where the fish are.

Good luck with your fish­ing over the next week, I hope you all catch a big one and have a great Christ­mas. — Mick Un­der­wood, Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing



HOLY CRAB: Eight-year-old Reef Un­der­wood with a big fat mud crab.

Doug Birk with a pretty Bar­ra­mundi Cod. This fish was promptly re­leased after tak­ing a cou­ple of pics.

Shane Al­lan and sons Steven and Char­lie Dick­in­son caught some nice Span­ish mack­erel dur­ing a fish­ing ex­pe­di­tion.

Ben­son Smith showed off his first fish (Cod) on his dad’s boat around the is­lands.

Su­per keen young an­gler Sean McAl­lis­ter with his first Span­ish mack­erel on a Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing Char­ter.

Mar­cus Reha with a nice lit­tle flat­head landed with A-one Fish­ing Char­ters.

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