Perfect conditions ahead
Schools of longtail tuna have been spotted in the passage and around the islands. Look for the birds to find them. Small 20g metal slugs are excellent for targeting the tuna. Cast them a couple of metres in front or to the side of the school, and then retrieve as fast as possible, so that they imitate bait fish that has strayed from the pack.
These fish make excellent sushi or sashimi, it’s even worth having some soy sauce on your boat so you can try it immediately.
The light northerlies we are experiencing now make for excellent overnight fishing conditions.
Shute Harbour has been a great place to fish lately, with squid and fish being caught off the jetty.
Flick a squid jig at night or early morning to attract the squid. Queenies and barra have also been reported there, usually caught during the dawn or dusk periods. Geoff Philp Airlie Bait and Tackle
The dam has been fishing really well as the temperature continues to rise.
Try fishing the shallows in the early morning, and as the day goes on, target the trees around the creek beds, before moving back to the shallows for the low light conditions in the afternoon.
The smaller tides have made fishing conditions excellent lately. Trolling for kingies and barra has been productive and as the water continues to warm the barra will really fire-up. Try cast netting for prawns or mullet, and then live baiting with your catch.
There have been some good reports of grunter also. Use slab baits like squid, sliced mullet or gar to target these fish in the creeks. Lindsay Dobe Proserpine Bait and Tackle REEF
The weather has turned for the better this week and it looks like it will hold out a little longer.
There was not a lot to report last week after the strong south east winds, but now the tides are dropping out and this should make for good conditions for fishing the reef.
Tuna schools are starting to show up around most reefs which is encouraging for sports fisherman.
Although these fish are only small, they are good fun on light spin tackle.
Some nice GT’s have also been caught and released throwing poppers around the pressure points of the reefs.
The spanish mackerel bite has eased up since the new moon last week, but should improve as towards the full moon on the 19 September. Ashley Matthews Sea Fever Sportsfishing
DOUBLE CATCH: These great fingermark were caught by Kurt Bennett from New South Wales onboard charter boat Barra 2 Billfish.
ALL SMILES: Lewis McDermid caught this fish with his parents at Wilson's Beach two weeks ago.
FIRST CATCH: Ashton McDermid also caught a fish while fishing with family at Wilson Beach two weeks ago.