Fish find the bite as winds slow
The weather looks to be on the up with quite good conditions expected as we get towards the weekend.
Don’t expect any miracles but given this week’s high winds, anglers are in for a treat by comparison.
With the new moon, it’s the perfect time to chase Spanish mackerel and tuna around the islands.
Best options at the moment are Dolphin Point, Nara Inlet on the run-out tide and Mackerel Bay trolling deep divers or ribbon fish.
The coral trout have slowed down of late but heading to a little bit deeper water should yield best results.
Grassy sweetlip and blue bone are still in abundance, with the best bait being fresh prawns or crabs.
They put up plenty of fight, meaning a 100lb handline with a very strong hook is needed.
The rockwalls have produced a lot of small giant trevally of late, with some blue salmon also around.
Shute Harbour jetty hasn’t had much action because of the high winds but this should improve into the weekend.
The harbour is also a good bet for squid with plenty get-
ting caught after dark.
Bob Spees, Whitsunday Fishing World
The river should fish well during the coming neap tides, which are due to start from next Wednesday.
There have been good reports of threadfin salmon and the odd saltwater barramundi still on the bite of late.
Poddy mullet are
also around in strong numbers, making for good live bait.
Quality mud crabs are making it well worth throwing out a few pots, numbers however are certainly down.
The cold conditions will al- so make an opportunity to take the kids croc spotting as they’ll be sunbaking during the low-tide periods.
With this small period of warmer temperatures and minimal winds the fishing at the dam should improve.
Try targeting the windblown bays and banks where there are warmer water currents using soft plastic lures and shallow diving hard bodies during the day.
Surface lures are also worth a try in the late afternoon.
The redclaw crayfish have been patchy of late.
Dayne Thompson, Proserpine Bait and Tackle
The weather has kept fishers off the reef of late, with 30 knot winds making it hard going for those hoping to make the trip out there.
The winds however are expected to die down over the next few days.
The fish to chase during the improved conditions will be spanish mackerel and coral trout, with a few yellow fin out wide off the reef.
For your trout, try using half a pilchard or a similar bait fish cut up as flesh bait.
The mackerel are best targeted floating a live fusilier under a balloon out the back.
For those heading out wide to chase the yellow fin, try trolling for your best results.
Grant Spees, Whitsunday Fishing World
COOL COD: Daniel Farrugia caught and released this massive cod at the reef with Sea Fever.