The Cairns Post - - LIFESTYLE -

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

Start­ing to kick off with boats head­ing to the Rib­bon Reefs off Cook­town chas­ing th­ese gi­ant fish. Lo­cally the Cairns In­let con­tin­ues to see a few bar­ra­mundi caught on live baits and some big­ger fish caught around the wharf py­lons on soft plas­tic vibes. T

DE­LI­CIOUS: A beau­ti­ful coral trout caught this week off Cairns with Cairns Reef Fish­ing.

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