Catches climb after improved conditions
ISLAND fishing has been good this week, with spotted and grey mackerel around Shute Harbour, Grimston Point, Double Cone Island, Dolphin Point, Mackerel Bay and Edward Island.
The deeper holes have been producing some nice jewfish on squid – which are also around in large numbers.
Target the fringing reefs for big grassy sweetlip and nice trout.
The islands have seen good numbers of small black marlin, with sailfish also around.
SHUTE Harbour Jetty has been getting some nice queenfish and giant trevally, along with the odd mackerel. – Bob Spees, Whitsunday Fishing World
THERE have been a few barramundi and king salmon caught in the river on live bait during the small tides.
There were a few catches landed on vibes. However, the drop in the water temperature has made it a little harder.
By the next set of tides in a fortnight’s time, the river should start to fish a lot better.
THE dam fished reasonably well over the full-moon period last week, especially in the evening and into the night. Casting into the shallow points with shallow diving lures was successful.
However, as we got further away from the full moon, the fishing got tougher.
Things should start to improve as we get closer to the dark moon and the water starts to warm up. – Lindsay Dobe, Proserpine Bait and Tackle
SOME reasonable weather has had many heading to the reef chasing a fresh feed.
The mackerel bite has picked up with the new moon approaching, with fish taken up to 20kg.
The tuna schools are thick at the reef, with mac tuna (bonito) in good numbers.
Although not good eating, they are a load of fun to catch and make great bait for reef fish and crab pots.
Reports of a few black marlin are also turning up close back towards the islands.
This is good news for game fishing, with the next few months being the prime time to target the species.
ROYAL CATCH: Whitsunday local Jason Ford caught this solid red emperor at the reef last week with Sea Fever Sportfishing.
SILVER GIANT: Cohan Noga landed this impressive jewfish on live squid at Pioneer Rocks on Saturday.