Fantastic conditions for great fishing
CONDITIONS for fishing have been fantastic over the last week and there have been good reports of trout, reddies and good size mackerel streaming in.
There are also plenty of fusiliers about, which are great for targeting mackerel. Try jigging for them, and chopping them up or using them as live bait.
The area east of Hayman has been fishing very successfully.
The sooty grunter are on the bite, with tiny minnow and poppers lures proving very successful.
There have been some amazing reports of Zerek Prawn lures getting absolutely smashed to pieces by fish off the rockwalls, especially around the Port of Airlie walls. These lures are very realistic, and have been getting smashed by barra and almost every other kind of fish.
Julie Philp Airlie Bait and Tackle
During the calmer conditions, the fishing has been consistently good in the dam, which indicates that we are in for a good season ahead. Most of the fish being caught average around the 1m mark. Try casting the deeper trees, and as the weather warms, try casting or jigging Vibe-style lures in the main basin as the fish start to show up there.
The rivers fished well over the recent quarter moon phase. Quality kind salmon were caught on both live bait and lures. A few barra have shown up, and this will improve as the next quarter moon approaches mid-next week.
There are some nice grunter around the rocks at the mouths of the rivers and creeks. Target them with dead bait like squid and slab mullet.
Lindsay Dobe Proserpine Bait and Tackle
The moderate winds have resulted in ordinary reef fishing conditions lately, however we managed a few days out there, which produced some steady catches of trout and red throat from off the bottom and some Spanish mackerel off the surface.
A few tuna schools are starting to show up around the reef, which is surprisingly late as the species are usually spread throughout the islands and channels by this time of the year. Other pelagics such as marlin and sailfish come with these tuna schools, and there have already been sailfish around the reef which is excellent news as the Whitsunday Game Fish Club’s annual tournament on 3-6 October is fast approaching.
Ashley Matthews Sea Fever Sportsfishing
FIRST MARLIN: Deckhand Paul Moran helps Chris Wright hold up his first ever black marlin caught last week at the reef with Sea Fever.
ON THE MARK: Lee Southern with 76cm fingermark that he caught fishing around the islands last week.