Weekends the time to wet a line
A lot of small billfish, sailfish and black marlin have been landed around Double Cone Island, Dolphin Point, Nara Inlet and around Edwards.
Try trolling a couple of surface lures with a couple of divers using small hooks.
Also try the same areas for Spanish mackerel, as well as places like Shute Harbour and the molle islands.
With good tides coming, head out after dark for your nannygai and red emperor.
The Shute Harbour Pontoon has seen a lot of bait, but the squid have dropped off.
Try using live herring with the lightest possible sinker for your queenfish, giant trevally and mackerel.
Bob Spees, Whitsunday Fishing World
The river was a little slow over the last week due to the larger tides, but fishing should improve late this week and into the weekend.
However, over the larger tides there were a few good mud crabs about and the river seems to be crabbing reasonably well for this time of year.
Later this week and into the weekend, when the water cleans up, the fishing should improve, so live baiting with prawns and mullet should get threadies and barramundi.
Try using your sound of the edges of the sand bars and drop offs using soft vibe lures.
Things have been a little quiet at the dam over the past week due to the stronger winds and cooler mornings.
Over the next few days, as we’re starting to build away from the new moon, if the mornings start to warm up fishing should improve.
This time of year the temperature is the main issue, so we just need some warmer nights to get the barramundi feeding again.
Generally, during the winder period the shallow points on the western side of the dam are probably the main areas to target, although these do get a little hard to fish when the winds are strong.
Lindsay Dobe, Proserpine Bait and Tackle
The neap tides have been very productive for the reef over the last week.
Some nice trout have been reported up to 65cm caught in the early morning and late afternoon.
The mackerel bite has slowed since the dark moon but a few have still been taken on live baits on the bottom.
It’s best to have a live bait suspended midwater with a wire trace when targeting them.
Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sportfishing
SPANNY SNAGGED: Rick Williams with a 14kg Spanish mackerel caught in Unsafe Passage.