High winds to hamper anglers
THE forecast looks poor this week, with winds of 1520km expected to making accessing the islands difficult.
Your best bets are Hannah Point, Pioneer Rocks and between South Molle and Daydream Islands as they will provide some protection.
To reach South Molle Island with the least trouble, try heading out when the tide stops – either at low or high tide.
Fish to chase are longtail tuna, mack tuna, and mackerel.
Target your grassy sweetlip and trout on the fringing reefs.
SHUTE Harbour jetty won’t be much good this week, with the wind blowing through the harbour mouth.
Try around the Abell Point and VMR rockwalls for grunter, small giant trevally and queenfish during the run-in tides.
Best baits are fresh prawns for grunter, and live herring for queenfish and small giant trevally.
Bob Spees, Whitsunday Fishing World
A FEW fish were caught over the weekend with the smaller tides, but as the tides didn’t drop right back during this cycle, the water stayed quite dirty.
This meant the king salmon didn’t really move into the riv- er. The odd barramundi and king salmon were caught around the river mouth area, but this was hard to fish as well due to the winds.
The smaller tides proved positive for crabbing with a few of good quality being caught.
However, they will start to slow up from now on as the water gets a bit cooler.
THE barramundi at the dam are very slow at the mo- ment due to the windy, cool conditions.
This is unlikely to see much improvement until we get some lighter winds and a bit more sun.
When those sunny days do come, target the shallow areas. Late in the morning and into the afternoon will be the best time to fish for them.
Lindsay Dobe, Proserpine Bait and Tackle
CONDITIONS have been tough over the last week and it's looking much the same for the one coming, with fresh southeast winds to continue.
We did manage to get out a couple of times through the week and the fishing was good, although sea conditions were far from perfect.
The water temperature has fallen now and the coral trout feeding habits have slowed up, but you can still catch a feed if you put in the time.
The red throat emperor are making up for it with good reports of fish up to 3kg.
Plenty of Spanish mackerel are also around, which is good news for the coming Mackerel Muster hosted by the Whitsunday Game Fish Club.
Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sportfishing
BIG MACK: Brad Smith caught this solid Spanish mackerel at the reef on Saturday with Sea Fever Sportfishing.