Abundance of baitfish make for great fishing
THERE are still plenty of reefies about, such as coral trout, nannygai, emperors and many more.
Juvenile black marlin are still about – they are excellent fun on a light line or if you’re into sportfishing.
Spanish mackerel, a few dolphinfish, tuna and wahoo are about chasing the abundance of baitfish.
Black marlin are also feeding on Spanish mackerel, tunas and wahoos so it’s a smorgasboard out on the reef at the moment.
It’s also ‘fish on’ up north at the moment. It’s halfway through the Li- zard Island week-long black marlin only, tag and release competition.
There are reports of 1200lb (600kg), 1136lb, and many 800-600lb black marlin being tagged and released.
The islands are producing nice fish, and the weather Gods were kind enough to stop blowing for once over the weekend.
Shute Harbour and Airlie Beach car parks are being flooded with cars and boat trailers.
They were getting into some big red emperor at Edward Island on the western side. Try very early in the morning using peeled prawns, squid and pilchards for bait.
Mid-morning, they go off the bite but that is normal. A few queenfish, Spanish mackerel, GTs and the like are also on the bite.
Big flathead, barramundi, mangrove jack, cod, whiting and different types of trevallies are strong around Cannonvale Beach, Shingley Beach, the Sailing Club rockwall and Shute Harbour pontoon.
Prawns, squid, pilchards and lures are also producing well.
Geoff Philp Airlie Bait and Tackle
Neap tides have seen good numbers of barramundi being caught.
There are also good numbers of threadfin salmon being caught up Kelsey Creek’s cut through.
Grunter are also being found around the mussel beds up from the river ramp.
A good time to target them is on the last of the run out tides and first of the run in.
There are a few crabs getting around too.
The barramundi are pretty scattered.
With a mixture of north-east and south-east winds they’re down the old river course as well as up far north.
Target the shallows in the morning and afternoon – cast in the deep timber during the day time.
There are also reports of big female barramundi being trolled in the main basin. Deep diving lures are recommended.
Dayne Thompson Proserpine Bait and Tackle
MAIDEN CATCH: Ashley Pedulla caught his first barramundi in the Proserpine River last week. It measured in at 65cm.
HOOKED: Margaret Walters caught this 3.5 kg sweet lip while fishing on Gone Fishing by Coral Sea Fishing Charters Airlie Beach.
HUGE: Ray Collins with a nice slatey bream on After Dark Fishing Adventure with Coral Sea Fishing Charters Airlie Beach.