TROUT ON BITE AHEAD OF SPAWN
REEF bottom fishermen are reporting great mixed bags of quality fish including coral trout, large and small-mouth nannygai, red emperor, spangled emperor, jobfish and redthroat emperor on the southern reefs.
Coral trout fishing is in its prime as the fish feed ready to spawn leading up to the next couple of new moons.
Spanish mackerel remain in good steady numbers on most of our local reefs including Sudbury and Arlington.
Trolled rigged garfish and deep-diving lures have been producing fish, along with floated pilchards and live baits while bottom fishing.
The southern Family Group Islands off Tully have seen a new generation of spaniards move in around the 12-15kg range which have been smashing trolled wolf herring.
Spotty and school mackerel have thinned right out. Mackerel and giant trevally have also been regular catches on metal jigs around wrecks.
While the small black marlin have continued to be caught on the local grounds off Oyster Reef several sailfish have now also moved in and are being caught on trolled skirted lures and rigged baits.
Several of the heavy tackle black marlin charters are also Lake Tinaroo Barron River Trinity Inlet Mulgrave River Russell River Green Island Tully River Fitzroy Island Hinchinbrook Island
DELICIOUS: A beautiful coral trout caught this week off Cairns with Cairns Reef Fishing.