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There was something in the air
  |  First Published: September 2011



The air and water temperatures should gradually become warmer during the month of September, which will create some great fishing for many different species in the inshore creeks and rivers to offshore deeper waters.

Whitsunday Islands

The Whitsunday islands will hold a range of fishing options throughout this month. There’ll be some good pelagic fishing on offer especially for queenfish, giant and golden trevally. These fish can be found in many different spots all over the inshore beaches and islands. The small to medium sized fish tend to form small schools around the shallow sandy bays off the islands.

The best time to fish these shallow, sandy beaches is during high tide early morning or late evening. These fish usually hunt in packs of about 5-15 fish, scouring the shallows for a range of different food items. They move about a lot when searching for food so when you do come across them the action can be fast and exciting.

Sometimes they will hang around the area for a while which means you’ll often catch more fish. Other times they may move on and then you have to locate them again. Long casts with a medium sized metal chrome lure is a good way of searching and finding these fish.

Targeting larger queenfish and giant trevally involves using larger lures or baits and generally fishing deeper water. Make no mistake, there are some really big fish that come into the shallows but if you’re fishing for bigger fish you’ll find more success in deeper water.

Queenfish are a very schooling fish. Even when they are at adult size they’re often seen together in large schools. When you see them around the islands of the Whitsundays, you usually find them in small to medium sized packs. One technique that can work quite well at times is to cast soft plastics beside large moored boats.

Queenfish often hang around the barnacle encrusted hulls of big sailing and cruiser boats anchored in deep water. You want to try and fish your lure right beside these hulls as the fish often hang just underneath the moored boats. It’s just like how bream anglers catch fish right up against the boats, but the fish are five times the size!

Give each boat hull a thorough work-over, say 30 casts with a soft plastic such as a Squidgy Flick Bait or a even a metal blade lure such as a TT Switchblade.

It can be tricky to find them at times but if you keep searching you’ll generally find success. If you’ve had no strikes then it usually means the fish aren’t there at the time or not in the mood to eat. It’s a different type of saltwater technique, but it works a treat a times.

Fishing at Faust

Fishing for impoundment barramundi at Peter Faust Dam has been quite good lately and should become even better as the water warms during September. The barramundi are generally considered to be more active and feed more often during the warmer months of the year when the water temperatures are higher.

September is usually when the water temperatures are starting to gradually climb. The barramundi will also tend to feed more often and more aggressively at night, but the night fishing is not always consistent.

Remember barramundi are challenging to catch most of time so you have to be persistent and keep fishing to get results. Eventually you’ll come across some type of action that you can learn from and then build upon for your next fish encounter.

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