Plenty of bites on the reef
A YOUNG man got a nice Spanish mackerel just off the rocks at the Whitsunday Sailing Club.
He jumped out of the water and fought like hell but he managed to catch it.
There’s plenty of fish around, particularly around Shute Harbour.
Queen fish and small poppers are popular with plenty of grubber also about. The best times to fish are either early mornings or late afternoons.
The islands have been fishing really well, with reports of plenty of nice reef fish.
Coral trout, long-tailed tuna and plenty of mackerel were the order for the weekend while the little black marlin have also been biting.
There are plenty of bait fish around the islands, but overall conditions were really good last weekend.
Geoff Philp Airlie Bait and Tackle
The dam hasn’t been fishing that well so you might have to work a bit harder this week for impounded barramundi due to current cold conditions.
Try and target warmer wa- ters and the deep timber around river courses using deep diving lures.
There are a few crabs getting around but the rivers haven’t been fishing that well.
The fishing in the river should start to improve with less fresh water getting through.
The tides are quite big this weekend so it should be good for crabbing. The best option is to target tide turns due to the big tides.
Dayne Thompson Proserpine Bait and Tackle
REEF The reef has been fishing exceptionally well over the last week.
Good reports with plenty of fish taken off the bottom and pelagic species on the surface.
Quite a few reports of billfish also showing up, both juvenile black marlin and sailfish. There’s an abundance of baitfish between the islands and the reef, and these bigger pelagic species won’t be far away.
The local fishing club will be hosting the annual mackerel challenge from June 6-8.
Ashley Matthews Sea Fever Sportsfishing
COLOURFUL CATCH: Tim Williams from New South Wales caught a beautiful red emporer on the weekend while on a charter with Barra2Billfish Fishing Charters.
BEAUTIFUL CATCH: Whitsunday local Ash Warland with a huge nannygai he caught while fishing on the reef over the Easter-long weekend.
MIGHTY BARRA: Cannonvale resident Ross Martin caught this 1.2m barramundi at the Proserpine Dam last week.
BIG HANDFUL: Mark Vette with a beautiful large mouth nannygai he caught over the Easter-long weekend.