Winds causing havoc for anglers
GETTING a bite has proven difficult this week, with unhelpful weather and strong wind making life tough on the seas.
A few salmon and barra have been caught over last set of small tides; however most of the barra have been undersized. These small fish should be getting around later in the year, making for good fishing come summer time.
The majority of fish caught in the river over the past week have been through trolling or using small, deep-diving lures and live bait. There hasn’t been a lot of kingies caught, but those that were reeled in were of good size.
River fishing will be difficult over the coming weeks with the larger tides.
A few barra have been caught working around the creek lines on the western side of the dam.
Due to the windy weather these areas have been fairly exposed, making it difficult.
Things will be quiet on the lake until the wind drops back.
There has been the odd fish trolled up in the main basin.
As a last resort, you could always head there, particularly in the windy weather.
However the fishing at the basin will be very slow.
Lindsay Dobe Proserpine Bait and Tackle
The reef is not looking flash. The winds are going to hang around past the weekend so the best advice is to steer well clear of the reef. The wind throughout this week has also made fishing impossible, so there’s not much to report.
Ashley Matthews Sea Fever Sportsfishing
There has been plenty of finger mark around the shoreline as well as the uncommon species of oarfish.
Small barra are also being caught while those attempting to catch spangled emperor are advised to use zerek or live shrimp plastics.
Grunters have also been sighted, with peeled prawns and mullet fillet proving especially effective as baits.
Good-sized brim have been caught in Airlie Creek, while your chances of nabbing dusky flathead will be improved by fishing at night, with a light line.
There are reports of fishers catching queenies out there, and all sorts of trevally, GTs, coral trout, heaps of bait fish and finger mark brim.
Small billfish and black marlin are getting about the islands, especially around Hayman.
The winds will hang around for another week or so, meaning shoreline fishing is your best bet.
Backpackers are also advised to steer clear of eating ribbon fish.
There have been several reports of tourists dining on this species however they are better suited as bait.
MONSTER QUEENIE: Russell White (Noosa) and skipper Ben Haynes caught this queenfish using baits last Thursday off Pioneer Rocks while on board Fishdive Charters.
HUGE CATCH: Georgia Murray caught this 25kg Spanish mackerel off Hook Island last weekend. Here she is pictured with Jeff from Whitsunday Seafood, who is helping hold the big catch.