Conditions make for difficult fishing
THE reef has been fishing well as usual with some top coral trout, spanish mackerel, emperors, cod, long tail and juvenile yellowfin tunas, big GTs, silver and golden trevally.
There are also plenty of juvenile black marlin, to which have been around in large numbers for many months.
Sailfish are becoming more numerous with the advent of the warmer temperature and seasonal monsoon currents, which are, in turn usual for this time of year but monsoon rains will not be here this year for another few months.
Hopefully, the man on the land will survive a bit longer until then.
They definitely need it.
The islands are the same as the reef, good as usual.
Try Hook Passage trolling baits or lures for Spanish mackerel (which are still about in good numbers) and on the leeward side of Whitsunday Island, anchored and live baiting a fusilier or a ganged pilchard, either rig or on a float, into the drop off on the edge of the passage.
Many a big Spanish mackerel have been caught here, as with many other species as well.
It’s a good spot when the wind is blowing, as per usual, from the south east.
There are heaps of queenfish and GTs from the rocks and down at Shute Harbour pontoon at around 5am at the moment, otherwise they go off the bite as the light of day approaches.
Poppers, plastics, small metal slugs and hard bodied lures work best.
Nearly anything works, just have lines in the water at dawn and hang on.
A quick reminder: Reef Fin Fish closures are between midnight on October 21 to midnight October 25. Geoff Philp Airlie Bait and Tackle
Before the strong winds kicked in the lake was fishing quite well as usual for the time of year but the fish are now scattered throughout.
As the water warms the fish move around quite a lot.
The fish are starting to show up on the troll out in the deeper areas of the lake.
There are still quite a few being caught in the shallows around the weed beds, but this depends on weather conditions.
The Proserpine River is going to be a little harder to fish during the big tides and over the new moon period.
Around the time of the tide changes, when the current slows, there have been a few good grunter caught around the river and creek mouths.
Targetting them with strip baits such as mullet or squid is probably the best way to catch a few.
With the larger tides there should be a few mud crabs around but be careful not to put your pots where the current is too strong or they’ll get washed away.
Be sure to check out this weekend’s Reelax Garmin 2014 Whitsunday Game Fish Club’s Light Tackle Tournament.
Action starts on Friday morning. Lindsay Dobe Proserpine Bait and Tackle
TROUT OUT: Alex Calcutt from Mackay and his nice coral trout caught on Gone Fishing by Coral Sea Fishing Charters Airlie Beach.
AFTER WORK FISH: Dion Vinci reeled in this 1.2m queen fish while fishing off Merv's Rock, Mandalay last week.
FIRST CATCH: Isaac Benson, 5, caught his first coral trout off Cannonvale last week.
ENORMOUS: This monster GT was caught by Steve Smith with Gone Fishing by Coral Sea Fishing Charters Airlie Beach.