Red emperor on the bite at reef
THERE are some nice red emperor and sweet lip around the islands. Try bottom bashing using pillies or squid for best results.
Some large squid are being reported, and lots of bait fish are being caught in Shute Harbour.
Hopefully the weather will clear up by the weekend, and everyone can get out on the water again.
There are still grunter about the rockwalls, as well as big flathead. Winter whiting are being caught in the shallows us- ing prawns and beach worms. They are great fun for the kids to catch, and are good eating fish.
Geoff Philp Airlie Bait and Tackle DAM
There were a few fish caught over the weekend in the warmer, calmer conditions. The fish were caught in the shallows on the surface of the water or trolling the basin.
The red claw have been patchy, so spread your pots out to find where they are working.
The larger tides with the full moon has made fishing a bit slower in the rivers, however there are a few crabs about.
This weekend and early next week will see the tides drop and there should be quality threadfin about. Trolling lures may produce some fish, however cut baits such as mullet and prawns are most productive this time of year.
Lindsay Dobe Proserpine Bait and Tackle
There was finally some good weather for fishing the reef last weekend and plenty of boats were out on the water chasing a feed.
There were of reports of some Spanish mackerel up to 30kg caught and plenty in the 8-12kg range.
The red throat emperor were on the bite but the coral trout bite seemed unusally slow.
The big tides at night building to the full moon on Tuesday made for tough conditions fishing the deeper water.
The sports fishermen had some fun catching some quality GT’s that were taken on surface poppers.
Ashley Matthews Sea Fever Fishing Charters
STANDING TALL: Rockhampton resident Joel Russell took advantage of the great conditions on Saturday and caught this 30kg spanish mackerel at the reef onboard Sea Fever.
MONSTER MACK: Jim Byrum from Gold Coast caught a Spanish mackerel on Sunday at Hook Island onboard Reel Addiction.
HANDS FULL: Mick Harris from Rockhampton caught and released this quality GT at the reef on Saturday with Sea Fever.