Reef producing following big tides
ALTHOUGH we had big tides related to the new moon on Friday, the fishing at the reef last week was good.
Surprising is the number of small Spanish mackerel getting around and good numbers with many caught.
The average size is around 5-6kg and are quite easy to catch.
These fish don't generally take live baits but a floating pilchard on a small gang hook or trolling hard bodied lures is the most successful method.
Some nice trout have also been taken over the weekend along with nannygai in the deeper shoal grounds.
Hopefully the good weather will continue for the next week as the tides are dropping off.
Ash Matthews Sea Fever Sportfishing
The islands will have some magnificent tides in the late afternoon coming into night on the back of the new moon, meaning it’s the perfect time to chase those red emperor and nannygai around the shoals.
Coral trout and grassy sweetlip are also being caught in good numbers around Double Cone Island on the fringing reefs.
Mackerel Bay is worth a shot for mackerel on the run out tides using jigs on the bottom, with cobia in the area as well. Some spots to try are Leaper Shoal, Petrel Island and Edwards Island.
The rockwalls are producing well again this week.
The best spots to try are around the Port of Airlie and the Abell Point rockwalls with some real nice barramundi still being caught in the area.
Good grunter are also making an appearance around the rock walls.
Bob Spees Whitsunday Fishing World
With the smallish tides over the next few days, the river should start to fish well.
Some good barra are being caught near the muscle beds and in the deep holes.
Try targeting the turn of the low tide with live baiting or vibe like lures.
There have also been reports of good, full crabs being caught too.
The dam has started to fire up over the past week with some good fish being caught on the troll and casting night.
First dawn surface bites have been producing barra but please keep in mind that the dam is currently being stocked with barra findlings, so it’d be much appreciated if fishers gave them a chance to settle, particularly around the ramps.
Dayne Thompson Proserpine Bait and Tackle
MAMMOTH CATCH: Local Luke Smith caught and released this GT at the reef on Saturday with Sea Fever Sportfishing.
DINNER SORTED: Keyra Smith caught this 108cm barra at Peter Faust Dam while fishing on Sunday with her father Kevin.
BITE: Bill Biddle from Mackay caught this large mouth nannygai at the reef on Saturday with Sea Fever Sportfishing.
BEAUT BARRA: Drayer Smith, 9, caught this impressive 109cm barra while fishing the Peter Faust Dam on Sunday. Here he is pictured with dad Kevin.