Good mackerel season predicted
As we move past the full moon and into a low pressure system, it will be harder to get an impoundment barramundi to bite in the dam.
Try targeting the tide turns in the early morning or dusk on points or headlands that receive a lot of wind.
The wind blows bait and warmer water to these areas, making them good places to target.
The approaching rain should bring the big female barra out into the main basin, so trolling there may produce results.
The upcoming windy weather, combined with declining tides will make the river a good place to fish.
Try targeting the holes and gutters with soft plastic vibes for threadfin and barramundi.
Wilson Rock’s at the mouth of the Proserpine River is also producing some nice grunter and barramundi on the slack tides.
We are receiving good reports of full crabs being caught, so be sure to throw some pots in while you’re out there.
Dayne Thompson Proserpine Bait and Tackle
There was some great fishing reported over the weekend, with particularly good catches of trout, reddies and trevally around the islands.
A baby sail fish about 10kg was caught and released off Hayman Island.
There are still a lot of barra being caught around the Airlie rock walls.
They are smashing the zerek live cherabin lures, with every colour appearing to work.
The tourists have been having fun with blue fish and sweetlip on peeled prawns around Shingley.
A huge shovel nose shark gave some locals some excitement when they hooked it on the outside of the Abell Point rockwalls, but they finally managed to released it after a couple of hours.
Julie Philp Airlie Boat and Tackle REEF
The excellent weather over the weekend saw plenty of boats out on the water. The reef fished extremely well with plenty of reef fish and spanish mackerel taken.
I don’t think I have seen spanish mackerel in these kind of numbers caught at this time of the year, and although they are not big fish, with most averaging 5-10kg, it is a fantastic sign for the season ahead.
The fish were caught on both hard bodied lures and wog head rigged garfish and slow trolling the reef pressure points is the best method. The reef was alive with schools of tuna also feeding with the mackerel on the abundance of baitfish. The winds look like they are on the increase again but hopefully it will ease over the weekend.
Ashley Matthews Sea Fever Sportsfishing
GIANT GT: Jake Thompson caught this large GT fishing around the islands on big surface lures.
BEAUTIFUL QUEENIE: Gold Coast resident Jared Vitanza caught this queenfish off Pioneer Rocks while on charter with Fishdive.