Whitsunday anglers happy as weather is perfect
THERE were a couple of nice barramundi caught in Muddy Bay last week. These fish were around the 6kg mark and caught off the rockwalls. There have also been decent squid caught off the shore and walls between Shute Harbour and Abell Point Marina. These are superb eating when fresh. I recommend lightly flavouring them with garlic, and then pan frying them very quickly over high heat. Delicious!
Conditions have been outstanding for fishing the islands lately. Good numbers of juvenile black marlin have been sighted around the islands as they begin their migration north, which means we should be in for a great billfish season.
They are chasing bait such as garfish, which have also been spotted in large numbers.
Geoff Philp Airlie Bait and Tackle
The recent full moon and larger tides have provided good conditions for crabbing. Try throwing your pots in the gullies out of the tidal run and around the river mouth. Some salmon and grunter have also been caught around the river mouth.
The dam has been fishing well leading up to the full moon. Try casting the tops of the trees, or trolling the rope lines near the river mouth.
The best time to fish is when the water warms up, around mid-morning to mid-afternoon, using barra baits.
Tim Tutureski Proserpine Bait and Tackle
The excellent weather lately has seen many large and small boats head to the reef in search of fish.
Although the weather was great, catches at the reef have been a little below normal and most anglers have had to work hard to catch a good feed.
Some quality red emperor and nannygai have been caught in the deeper shoals and some nice trout caught around the reef edges.
The Spanish mackerel were a little patchy over the neap tides and not a lot of fish were taken. There were, however, some quality mackerel caught while live baiting at anchor.
COBIA CATCH: Isaac Andreou from Airlie Beach with a cobia he caught onboard the Reel Deal, Whitsunday Fishing Charters, off Hook Island.
HANDFUL: Nick Fenton from Mackay caught this Spanish mackerel at the reef on Friday with Sea Fever.