Fishermen find a friend in winds
The weather forecast shows some improvement this weekend, and with the lead-up to the full moon it should prove a good time to cast a line.
Those who did get out there last week reported good numbers of longtail tuna around Deloraine and Edwards islands. Try chasing your tuna using silver slugs on a fast retriever reel.
Mackerel will also be a strong contender this week.
A few places to try are the inner reef at Double Cone, around Dolphin Point and Deloraine and Edwards islands.
Lovers of a good red are in luck well with nannygai and red emperor in good numbers. Try targeting the shoals. There should also be strong numbers of trout and grassy sweetlip around the fringing reefs.
Finally, with large schools of bait fish getting about, billfish are a definite possibility.
Try trolling a pusher or lures between the tides.
Shute Harbour has seen large numbers of squid at night. During the day, there have been lots of small queenfish and giant trevally.
The rock walls around Air- lie Beach have also seen some very nice grunter and blue salmon.
Bob Spees, Whitsunday Fishing World
The river has been producing some good threadfin salmon, however the weekend’s big tides will make for hard fishing conditions.
Try targeting the tide turns and areas where the tidal current runs slack.
Crabs aren’t around in great numbers but those that are out there are of good quality. The muscle beds up from river ramp have also been producing some good size grunter.
The dam has been a little quiet of late due to bad weather conditions and the dropping temperature, so no need to rush out there early.
A good number of fish seem to be holding up in the main river course.
Fishers are targeting them using soft plastic vibe-like lures, hopping them down the old river course and casting deep diving lures into the snags.
Try casting into the shallow weed beds in the late afternoon where the water temperature is warmer using surface lures.
Dayne Thompson, Proserpine Bait
Nothing to report over the last week with solid south-easterly winds keeping fishing out of the question.
This coming weekend might see some improvement with easing winds forecast.
The Spanish mackerel numbers should be starting to increase as well with water temperatures starting to fall.
Winter time is mackerel time, so it always pays to do some trolling on the pressure points of the reef with hard bodied lures or rigged garfish.
The reefies usually don’t bite as much once the water cools down but you’re still certain to be able to scratch up a feed.
GENTLE GIANT: Mick Giblisco caught and released this giant trevally at the reef with Sea Fever.
RULER: Rocky Crisafi caught this tasty red emperor at the reef with Sea Fever.