Tides make for favourable fishing
THERE have been some great catches of red emperor and nannygai over the last week, with some fish up to 9kg reported.
Some good reef species have also been taken in the shallows.
Tides should be good for all species over the coming week, and hopefully the winds will ease to make for good conditions at the reef.
Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas, and looking forward to some more great fishing in 2014. Ashley Matthews Sea Fever Sportsfishing
Conditions on the dam haven’t changed much in the last couple of weeks. The fish are still scattered throughout the dam, and haven’t moved in large numbers to the basin yet. This means you can target the fish throughout the dam, and choose your fishing spots depending on conditions.
If you want to take the kids fishing over the Christmas break, but the conditions are a bit windy, then trolling the basin is a great option.
Conditions on the rivers also haven’t changed much in the last few weeks due to the lack of rain. The current large tides will drop back over the next few days and the kingies and grunter should be on the bite again in the Proserpine River.
While the crabs are a bit scarce at the moment, any rain should flush them out and kick them into action. Lindsay Dobe Proserpine Bait and Tackle
Some large grunter and flathead have been caught around the Port of Airlie rockwalls on peeled prawn. One grunter weighed in at just under 8kg, so it’s worth throwing in a line targeting the bigger fish.
There are plenty of bait fish around the islands, which means the bigger fish should be also be in tow. The occasional mackerel are still being caught by trolling 4-5m deep vibrating lures. The bright orange colours are proving particularly successful.
One lucky local hooked a 7ft long cobia on live bait this week.
Airlie Bait and Tackle are having a clearance sale on this weekend, so pass by to get some great Christmas bargains. Geoff Philp Airlie Bait and Tackle
GIANT GT: Luke White from Moranbah caught this nice GT at the reef last week with Sea Fever.
DOUBLE HANDED: Ash Warland and Chris De Marchi with some beautiful red emporers they caught at the reef on the weekend.
COLOURFUL CATCH: Sea Fever's deckhand Paul Moran holds up a nice red emperor caught at the reef on Wednesday.