Lots of bait fish caught off the shore
THERE are schools of big herring getting about the rocky headlands and in Shute Harbour. These fish are great for bait, and can be caught using a cast net at any time of day. They are being caught in good numbers from the Shute Harbour pontoon.
There are also grunter and barra being caught off both Port of Airlie and Abell Point Marina rockwalls.
Despite all the fresh water about, there are still plenty of fish along the shoreline and among the islands. Lookout for longtail tuna when crossing the passage. There were a couple of small sailfish reportedly caught around Hayman trolling Halco 5m deep divers. Geoff Philp Airlie Bait and Tackle
There are a few reports of barra been trolled in the basin, but most of the action has been in the deep timber in the river courses and the north eastern points and bays of the dam.
The best time to target these areas are in the morning and afternoon.
The small tides made for great fishing in the river over the weekend.
Bait fishing at Wilson Rocks at the mouth of the river or targeting gutters and holes using soft plastics of live baits were good options.
There are plenty of crabs about, so throw in a couple of pots while out there. Dayne Thompson Proserpine Bait and Tackle
THE recent great sea conditions were a welcome relief for anglers heading to the reef. The building tides to the new moon made perfect conditions for chasing pelagics and Spanish mackerel were in excellent numbers if you could avoid the sharks.
There were some quality reefies also reported with red throat, trout and red emperor taken.
There are still plenty of surface feeding tuna around most reefs, including lots of mac tuna with a few longtail thrown in. Some boats from the Whitsunday Game Fish Club made the trip out to the continental shelf over the weekend, and plenty of fish were taken.
Yellowfin tuna, wahoo and Spanish mackerel made up the bulk of the catches and all the boats had a lot of fun.
This week has the tides neaping, making good conditions for reef fishing. Ashley Matthews Sea Fever Sportfishing
GIANT GT: Cannonvale resident Ash O'Mara showing off a nice GT he caught at the reef on the weekend.
HOLIDAY HAPPINESS: Sydney resident Andre Gonzales caught and released this monster queenie off North Molle, with Whitsunday Fishing Charters.
HEFTY HANDFUL: Zac Hawker was one happy boy after catching his first red emperor, weighing over 10kg at the reef on the weekend. He is pictured here with Chris Dunn.
PERSONAL BEST: Proserpine Bait and Tackle's Dayne Thompson with a beautiful GT, which was his personal best, caught at the reef over the weekend.
HAPPY MACK: Damien Borland from Brisbane caught this mackerel last week off Pioneer Rocks onboard Fishdive Charters.
KING COBIA: George Clark from Seal Rocks got this awesome 20kg cobia while fishing onboard Reel Addiction off Hayman Island.