Good reef fish on the bite
THE recent northerlies have made for calm conditions around the islands, and anglers have been reporting good catches of reef fish such as spangled emperor and coral trout throughout the islands.
There are still reports of little black marlin around, which is promising for the Whitsunday Game Fish Club’s light tackle comp next weekend. A favourite haunt for marlin is the paddock off Hayman Island. Trolling garfish rigged as a swimming or skipping gar should produce good results.
Trevally are being caught off the rockwalls in front of the Whitsunday Sailing Club. Target these fish using strip or frozen baits or small minnow-type baits. Whiting are also being caught off nice, flat beaches with plenty of shoals, such as Cannonvale Beach or Swamp Bay.
Geoff Philp Airlie Bait and Tackle
The river has been fishing really well over the last week, and will continue to do so over the weekend. The barra are coming back on the bite as the water temperature increases. If these warm conditions continue for a fortnight, then the next small tide conditions in about a week and a half, will be fantastic. All signs are pointing to some cracker fishing in the rivers as summer approaches. There are only three sets of good tides left until the barra season closes in November, so enjoy it while you can.
There have been consistent reports of good catches at the dam, and should be great over the weekend as tonight’s full moon draws the fish out. As the water continues to warm up, try casting the shallows in the early morning or late afternoon or evening when there are low-light conditions.
There have been lots of boats at the reef due to the fantastic weather over the last week. The deep water fished well for red emperor, nannygai and some solid spangled emperor.
The shallow reef was a little slow, especially when the conditions glassed out. Shallow water fish often go off the bite in a glass out, so it’s best to look for areas with good tide movement or fish a little deeper when this happens.
There were a few GTs taken on surface lures for those that put in the effort.
The Spanish mackerel were not feeding well but there were still a few fish taken. Ashley Matthews Sea Fever Sportsfishing
AMAZING MACKEREL: Marg Schivinato from Brisbane caught this great Spanish mackerel at the reef last Friday with Sea Fever.
GREAT CATCH: Local angler Mick Nolan with a 90cm barramundi he caught at the Peter Faust Dam.
LUCKY TRIPLE: Local boys Simon and Jack Spencer and John Maloney with some lovely large mouth nannygai on board Barra 2 Billfish Fishing Charters.
SKILLED CATCH: This fantastic red emporer was caught by Nardia Ricartti on Barra 2 Billfish fishing charter.
YOUNG GUN: Hudson McGregor from Airlie Beach caught this 19kg Spanish mackerel near Grassy Island on the weekend.
COLOURFUL FISH: Shirley Burdoe caught this red emperor out at Montys Resort