It’s certainly the season for catching big marlin
THERE’S some average conditions over the last week which has resulted in some mixed reports from the reef, however there’s been some great catches of mackerel and reef fish.
The clean water has pushed in from out wide which has brought with it yellowfin tuna, wahoo and dolphin fish for the game fisherman.
There’s been some reports of a few marlin and sailfish either seen, hooked or caught are also filtering through.
The weather is improving just in time for the weekend so it could be a good opportunity to get out to the reef and catch a fresh feed.
Ashley Matthews Sea Fever Sportfishing
There’s been reports of spanish mackerel, nannygai, dophin fish, red emperor, coral trout and cobia being caught around the islands with juvenile black marlin, sailfish and longtail tuna being caught closer to the reef.
Black marlin and sailfish can be found around Hayman Island.
Small metal plugs of 25g are your best bet for catching long tail tuna.
As marlin season is kicking off up north, you can expect to catch some big ones.
There’s been plenty of ribbonfish out and about at the rockwalls over the past week.
The best spots for a catch are at the Whitsunday Sailing Club, Abell Point Marina and the Shute Harbour pontoon.
There’s also been reports of moses perch, grunter, king threadfin and whiting.
For the best catch of grunter use big prawns and small prawns for both king threadfin and whiting.
Small metal lures and divers can be used for the ribbonfish.
Geoff Philp Airlie Bait and Tackle
With the declining tides, the river should start to fish well this weekend.
There have been reports of quality grunter being on the muscle beds just up from river ramp.
Threadfin salmon and barra are being caught with lures and live baiting in the deep holes.
There have also been a few crabs being caught so it might be worthwhile to pack the crab traps.
With the recent good weather, the barra has been coming with a good bite.
There’s been reports of barra taking surface in the shallow bays where the water temperature has risen.
Plenty of barra are also being caught at the timber line of the old dam course.
For lots of bites, try using deep driving body lures.
SEEING RED: Michael Seng caught this 82cm red emperor at Hook Reef during the week.
RIPPER CATCH: Mick Cawley (Sydney) caught this large mouth nannygai last week while at the reef with Sea Fever.