Plenty on the bite with tide changes
THERE have been good reports of dogtooth tuna from the outside of the reef in the deep holes along with jobfish, red emperor, coral trout and mangrove jack. The dogtooth tuna were taken on 200g knife jigs, when the jigs were being dropped down in deep water for the red emperor that were targeted. They (the dogtooth tuna) are excellent eating, and are white-fleshed, making them tastier than your usual red-fleshed tunas. There are still a few Spanish mackerel being caught – use troll lures or baits.
There are plenty of GTs, queenfish, coral trout, nannygai, and many others being caught.
Popular baits such as pilchards, squid and large prawns are working well.
Plastics, poppers and metal slugs are always a good way to start fishing for those of you unfamiliar with the tropical species of fish and waters.
Handlines (80lbs) and 6/0 hooks, eight-ball sinkers, squid or pilchards are the easiest way to get started for reef fishing.
There are still lots of big flathead about.
They are excellent fun on a light line, and easy for young kids just starting out.
You’ll hear plenty of stories from the kids about the ‘one that got away’ or ‘didn’t get away’.
You can also catch spangled emperor and trevallys along the rockwalls, and barramundi from the mouth of the Airlie Creek on small plastics.
Geoff Philp Airlie Bait and Tackle
With the warm conditions the full moon should start to fire fishing up at the dam.
Generally with a full moon use low light hours – early morning and at night or late afternoon. The shallow areas should fire quite well with the warmer conditions.
From now on a lot of fish should start showing up in the main basin.
Trolling deeper diving lures and working soft plastics through the schools are the best way to target them in open areas.
Keep in mind that the Peter Faust Dam Fishing Stocking Association have its annual tournament up there on the weekend.
Be prepared for a bit of a wait at the ramp if you’re heading to the dam.
There have been really large tide movements with the full moon.
Rivers and creeks will be harder to fish with large tides.
It’s best to target the upper reaches and also the tide changes when the current slows.
The next set of small tides in a week’s time should fish well for barramundi and king salmon.
Lindsay Dobe Proserpine Bait and Tackle
FIRST CATCH: Reef Underwood, 4, caught his first long tail tuna last week.
MAGIC MARLIN: Tristan Grossmann caught and released his first marlin while fishing near Molle Island last week.
WHAT A CATCH: Brad Willison caught this dolphin fish just wide of Pentecost Island.