Fishing to improve on back of full moon
The early forecast for this week is looking quite good.
With a few better tides after the full moon we should be getting some pelagics around the place.
The fringing reefs proved a hot spot last week, with quite a few queenfish caught.
The fringing reefs have also seen an abundance of squid this past week, so if you’re headed out that way don’t forget your squid jig.
Coral trout have also been on the bite, caught in the shallows using soft plastics.
There have still been a few sightings of bill fish around the islands, with a number of small examples hooked around Double Cone Island of late.
Mackerel weren’t too bad this past week.
The points of interest for them have included Mackerel Bay and Edward Island.
They seem to be favouring ribbon fish as bait at the moment.
Shute Harbour has been getting good numbers of squid after dark, which make for good bait and eating.
The rockwalls have been quiet this week, however Shute Harbour jetty has been seeing decent numbers of queenfish around the 1m mark getting caught.
For the keen angler, early in the morning on daylight, the jetty has also seen some big giant trevally biting.
Near the Whitsunday Sailing Club and Port of Airlie in the channel there have been a few blue salmon and flathead being landed.
Bob Spees, Whitsunday Fishing World
At the moment we’re leading up to some good tides for fishing the river.
Some good threadfin salmon have been caught up river of late, by anglers using live bait, such as mullet and prawns, and soft plastic vibelike lures.
Some good size barramundi have been caught by targeting the river mouth and shallows, on the start of the run-in tide.
There have been a few reports of crabs being caught over the past week.
The dam has been fishing quite well lately over this full moon period, especially with these north-easterly winds blowing.
Some good fish have been caught at night up in the shallows and by anglers trolling the deep timber, using deep diving lures.
However, the cold snap coming will make dam conditions a lot tougher to fish.
Try targeting barramundi using hard bodied lures in the deep timber during the day, and surface lures and soft plastics up in the shallows at dusk.
Dayne Thompson, Proserpine Bait and Tackle
Over the last week, which included the full moon, fishing was pretty tough with tide ranges over 3.5m.
The mackerel bite also slowed after the excellent bite period the week prior.
This coming week has the tides easing, so fishing should improve. Ash Matthews, Sea Fever
MARLIN MASTER: Proserpine Bait and Tackle owner Lindsay Dobe with a small marlin caught around the islands last week.