Tides ideal for fishing river
CONDITIONS are currently ideal throughout the river. The tides are great and there are plenty of barra and king salmon about. The whole river is fishing well. Live baiting or trolling lures and casting soft plastics around the sandbars and snags should produce some quality fish.
These great tide conditions should last throughout the weekend.
With the warmer water the barramundi are scattering throughout the dam, so there are a more places you can target the fish.
Try casting the shallows at low light, and the deeper areas of the dam during the day. Trolling is improving, and you will begin to find more schools of barra moving to the open water in the main basin. Try trolling lures or jigging soft plastic vibe style lures for best results.
Lindsay Dobe Proserpine Bait and Tackle
There have been lots of sightings of longtail tuna around the islands. The best method to catch one of these delicious fish is to cast 20g metal or chrome slugs just outside the school and retrieve your line quickly to imitate a stray bait fish.
There have been good reports of nice coral trout, different kinds of cod and mackerel also.
There have been lots of queenfish caught off the rockwalls lately, with poppers a popular way to catch them.
Cast and retrieve the popper to make a lot of commotion on the surface of the water, making the popper imitate bait fish and attract the queenies.
Live herring has also been effective.
There have also been barra caught in Muddy Bay and around Abell Point Marina, as the water temperature gets warmer.
Geoff Philp Airlie Bait and Tackle
The fantastic weather last week saw many boats, but despite the weather, the fishing has been below usual standards.
It could be that the calmer conditions have put the fish off the bite, and you have to work harder to get a good feed.
There are plenty of tuna schools around feeding on small bait fish. These are fun to catch on light spinning gear casting small metal slug lures. The water temperature is increasing up toward 25 degrees and the sharks are becoming very active and stealing hooked fish at every opportunity. The good tides this weekend will be provide good conditions for fishing the deeper shoals targeting red emperor and nannygai.
Ashley Matthews Sea Fever Sportsfishing
LEARNING FROM THE BEST: Luke Griffiths from Renegade Charters, Natalina Inglis from Cruise Whitsundays, and Rob Paxevanos (host of Fishing Australia) with a Spanish mackerel they caught while filming at the outer reef last week.
HANDFUL: Terry Lindenberge from Chinchilla caught this 7kg nannygai at the reef on Saturday with Sea Fever.
BIG SQUID: Chantelle Renea Starling caught this massive squid at Shute Harbour on Monday night, with help from Zach Goode.