River fishing better in smaller tides
DESPITE the weather conditions, those brave enough to head out on the water reported good catches of mackerel and red throat.
The usual locations, like Mackerel Bay, Dolphin Point and Hook Passage are worth targeting.
Fly fishermen will be happy as there have been some reports of schools of bone fish in the area. A couple of good fly patterns to try are the Lefty Deceiver with the red head/white feather, the Clouser or the Pink Thing.
Grunter and queenies are being caught off the rockwalls around Abell Point Marina and the sailing club. The best baits to use are mullet fillets or peeled prawns.
Whiting around the 30cm mark are being caught off the shore at Cannonvale Beach using live yabbies. The yabbies can be caught with a bait pump in the mud around this area.
Geoff Philp Airlie Bait and Tackle DAM
There are a few barra about at the moment. They are being caught throughout the dam, including in the shallows in calm weather using sur- face lures. Casting the tops of the tress around the creek beds with hard bodied, deep diving lures has also proved effective, as has been trolling the main basin.
The recent smaller tides have provided some good fishing opportunities in the river. The warmer conditions mean there are still some barra about, as well as king salmon.
Use live bait if you can find it. Otherwise troll lures that dive down to about 5m like the RMG
scorpion and poltergeist.
Lindsay Dobe Proserpine Bait and Tackle
There is little to report from last week as the weather conditions were pretty tough. This coming weekend looks promising with calmer winds expected. There is a dark moon on Wednesday, August 7. The days preceding this moon should see the Spanish mackerel feeding well. Trolling the pressure points of the reef with gang hooked garfish and hard bodied lures will be the most effective method to hook a mackerel. The tides over the weekend should be reasonable for the bottom fisherman chasing a feed.
Ashley Matthews Sea Fever Fishing Charters
SKIPPER'S CATCH: Charter skipper Scott Clarke with a massive mauri wrasse weighing about 30kg that was caught and released onboard Reel Addiction on Saturday.
GREAT TROUT: Gale Younger from Brisbane caught this coral trout onboard Reel Addiction off Hook Island.
GT TIME: Hannah Brown caught this golden trevally at the entrance of Abell Point Marina on soft plastics.
MONSTER MACK: Nick Tzoulias from Melbourne with a Spanish mackerel caught aboard Reel Deal Whitsunday Fishing Charters.
LILY'S CATCH: Local Lily Chapman caught and released this beautiful harlequin tusk fish at North Molle Island last weekend.