Reef continues to produce
THERE have been good catches of coral trout, various types of emperors, wrasses and trevallies.
As per usual, the reef is producing well with squid and pilchards being the top baits.
There are Spanish mackeral, juvenile black marlin, longtail tuna, cobia, dolphin fish, bigeye tuna and juvenile yellowfin tuna about the reefs.
They have been taken by trolling skirted lures, diving lures (shallow and deep), high-speed lures, as well as rigged garfish, wolf herring and swimming mullet.
There really isn’t a lure you can’t use out there.
Chrome, aluminium and stainless steel lures are another way as well – if it has a shine to it, use it.
The islands are much the same as the reef but there are some nice blue tusk-fish from Edward Island.
You can also catch permit and small bonefish on fly-gear in Hill Inlet.
The workers on most of the islands are having fun flicking poppers for giant trevally and queenfish at dawn and dusk as well as the best eating of all trevallies – the golden trevally.
There are lots of spangled emperor, big flathead (caught on peel prawns) and some un- known big fish busting up gear from the Port of Airlie rocks as well.
Big squid are being caught from the Shute Harbour fishing pontoon at dusk, during the night and at dawn.
Fishing is good but as per usual the moon and tides are important.
Geoff Philp Airlie Bait and Tackle.
The dams are really starting to fire up building up to the next full moon.
The night bite should also get better.
For barramundi check out the north-west side of the dam.
Try targeting them in the shallows at early morning and late afternoon using shallow diving lures and top water lures.
During the day the deep timber seems to be finishing quite well – once again that’s in the north-west.
The odd barramundi are getting trolled up in the main basin too.
With declining tides the rivers should begin to fish well.
Try targetting the last of the run out tides using fast, soft plastic vibes or live bait such as mullet and prawns.
Crabs have been quiet lately.
There have been reports of barramundi being caught up Kelsey Creek.
Dayne Thompson Proserpine Bait and Tackle.
BIG BITE: David Lenehan caught this beauty on After Dark Fishing Adventure by Coral Sea Fishing Charters.
A WHOPPER: Ken Thompson with a 10kg longtail tuna.
QUEENIE: Amy Stokes (Sydney) caught this queenfish with guidance from captain Ben Haynes (left) on Saturday at Grimstone Point while fishing with Fishdive Charters.
MONSTER CATCH: Ash Warland caught and released this 45kg sailfish off Hayman Island last week.
TROUT ABOUT: Tanya Le Milliere caught this beautiful coral trout on Gone Fishing by Coral Sea Fishing Charters Airlie Beach.
MACK: Tommaso Maxminutoli, 10, reeled in this spotted mackerel on Sunday while fishing in Pioneer Bay with Fishdive Charters.