Dingo Beach/ Hy­de­away Bay

Whitsunday Times - - FISHING -

VERY lit­tle has changed since last week.

The winds are still blow­ing, the wa­ter is still filthy and ba­si­cally things are just not what we’d like them to be. There are still some nice fish to be caught though.

The reef fish­ing scene is con­tin­u­ing to be the main­stay and baits are still our fish­ing lures due to the wa­ter clar­ity (or lack of it).

The key to get­ting a few good coral trout has been to reg­u­larly move lo­ca­tions.

On ar­rival at each new lo­ca­tion, the bite has been fairly good straight up and then be­gins to fiz­zle be­fore too long.

Keep pulling your an­chor and mov­ing around to stay on ac­tive fish.

There are still some solid bait schools hang­ing around in the Glouces­ter Pass re­gion.

To lo­cate these bait schools, keep an eye out for ner­vous wa­ter (bait flick­er­ing) or where the terns are dip­ping.

Un­der­neath the terns there have been good num­bers of school mack­erel and the odd nice chunky grey mack­erel.

Most of the other in­shore pelagic species are ab­sent from class at the mo­ment. Hope­fully they will re­turn as the weather set­tles.

— Mick Un­der­wood, Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing

Char­ters been fish­ing well, with an­glers re­port­ing good size grunter be­ing caught in the early morn­ing and late af­ter­noon, fish­ing with prawns and garfish fil­lets on the ris­ing tide.

An­glers fish­ing with live baits from Whis­per Bay have re­ported a few good size fin­ger­mark bream and golden trevally be­ing caught us­ing live her­ring.

Shute Har­bour has still had re­ports of gi­ant trevally swim­ming around in the early morn­ing and late evening into the night with an­glers re­port­ing live baits work­ing bet­ter than pop­pers/lures at the mo­ment off the wharf.

An­glers fish­ing from the rock walls around Port of Air­lie have been re­port­ing mon­ster man­grove jack swim­ming around the rock walls, which they have hooked and got busted up.

Shin­g­ley Beach hasn’t been a bad place to be fish­ing, with a cou­ple of an­glers catch­ing a few bream and flat­head off the beach.

A few an­glers who have braved the winds and rain and gone over to the Molle group of is­lands have been re­port­ing coral trout and sweet­lip in good num­bers around South Molle and Mid Molle Is­lands, fish­ing around 10–15m deep with pilchards and squid.

One an­gler put a live bait on at Un­safe Pas­sage and was lucky enough to catch a span­ish mack­erel around 15kg.

Un­safe Pas­sage be­tween North and Mid Molle Is­lands has also had re­ports of some mon­ster queen­fish and the odd gi­ant trevally at the mo­ment with a cou­ple of an­glers re­port­ing the ac­tion was fir­ing at Un­safe Pas­sage when they were throw­ing pop­pers. — Grant Spees, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World


TOP CATCH: Reef Un­der­wood with his first-ever fish on a fly rod – a nice tar­pon.

Gi­ant her­ring caught on fly by Mick Un­der­wood of Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing Char­ters.

Paul Os­borne with a nice cod caught off one of our lo­cal shal­low reefs.

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