Mackerel make a comeback
The weather proved kinder this week, with strong schools of Spanish mackerel being caught around the islands.
There have been no specific hot spots, but try trolling your lures around the headlands.
There have been good numbers of grassy sweetlip and coral trout around, however Wednesday’s full moon will see this slow down.
Tuna are also on the bite, with sightings of good-sized schools around South Molle and the passage side of North Molle. These can be caught throwing small metal slugs on a fast retrieve reel.
The rockwalls have seen a bit of action this week, producing a lot of small giant trevally around the 1kg mark.
They’re poor eating when frozen, so eat them fresh and make sure to remove the bloodline.
Bottom fishing is yielding a few nice grunter and blue salmon.
The full moon will also see a few barramundi getting around the rockwalls and edges of the marina at night and really early in the morning. Bob Spees Whitsunday Fishing World
The Proserpine River will be hard to fish during this full moon period, with no improvement until late in the week and into next week.
During the larger tides, target the run at the top of the tide around the rocks near the boat ramp to chase grunter.
The best bait to use is slab baits and prawns.
The crabs will start to slow down, however this time of year often sees a few of good quality.
With the larger tides, try crabbing the gutters and staying out of the main river current for the best results.
Anglers can also try target- ing the river mouths and local beaches for whiting during these cooler months.
The barramundi have slowed right down due to the cooler weather.
Your best bet is to work your lures slowly, casting the weed edges and tree lines.
Slow the retrieve right down to give them plenty of time to have a look at your lure.
If fishers find an area where the fish hold up, concentrate on that area and try different techniques. Lindsay Dobe Proserpine Bait and Tackle
Reports were good across the board, with plenty of reef fish caught as well as Spanish mackerel off the surface.
Some quality green job fish were mixed in with the nannygai in the deep country. These fish can be caught using a variety of methods, from dead and live baits to jigging and trolling.
Spanish mackerel numbers reported on Sunday were thick, with fish up to 30kg taken. This should continue for the months ahead. Ash Matthews Sea Fever Sportfishing
REEL TOUGH: Kerrin Taylor and Colin Green had a hell of a time landing this 30kg giant trevally. The beast broke the braided line halfway through the struggle, attempting to flee around the islands. The pair spotted the broken line, quickly snatching it up and tying it back together before hauling their catch aboard. The monster was released after the pair took this stunning photo.
BIG MACKS: Leonard Trefz and Chloe Bunce landed 38kg and 36kg Spanish mackerel.
GOB SMACKED: Ally Alty from Airlie Beach hooked this stunning large-mouth nannygai.