Expect good fishing when wind drops
INDONESIAN snapper have been caught off Grimstone Point over the last week. They are a good eating fish and can be found around headlands where there is turbulent water and bait fish. Squid are being caught in Shute Harbour, both off boats and off the pontoon. A good method to catch them is to cast live herring on a line attached to a float.
There are still spangled emperors about and the odd barra are still turning up around Muddy Bay and Port of Airlie, despite the drop in water temperature.
Geoff Philp Airlie Bait and Tackle
The wind has made fishing difficult at the dam, however a few nice fish were caught late last week casting the top of the trees in the deeper water. If it’s too windy for casting, try trolling the main basin as a couple of barra have been caught there lately, which is unusual for this time of year.
The tides are a little large in the river now, however the fishing should improve early next week as the tides drop back during the quarter moon phase. In the last low tide period, king, or threadfin salmon were being caught using lures and live bait. Conditions will be similar next week, so expect for this to happen again.
As always, it’s worth throwing a pot in for crabs while out on the river.
Lindsay Dobe Proserpine Bait and Tackle
There was some fantastic fishing for Spanish mackerel over the weekend at the reef, although the wind made conditions challenging.
Fish up to 20kg were reported, as were plenty of school fish around the 6-10kg mark.
The reef fishing was a little slow but some quality coral trout were taken.
Unfortunately, the windy weather looks as though it will continue through until early next week.
Ashley Matthews Sea Fever Fishing Charters
FIRST FISH: Whitsunday Times journalist Rhianna Bull enjoyed a day out on the water last week and caught and released her first fish, a small coral trout.
FIERCE COMPETITOR: Daniel Gerhart with a 5.5kg slatey brim he caught while taking part in the Mackerel Challenge competition on the weekend.
HAPPY ANGLER: Connor McDermid with a fingermark bream he caught on the weekend while competing in the Whitsunday Game Fishing Club's tournament on the weekend.