Catches are build­ing as a re­sult of warmer wa­ter

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IS­LANDS

THE is­lands around Shute Har­bour have been pro­duc­ing good num­bers of mack­erel this week.

The best bet for an­glers is to try trolling sil­ver and blue or sil­ver-coloured hard-body lures.

Other mack­erel hot spots this week have been Dol­phin Point, Mack­erel Bay and Ed­ward Is­land, along with Nara In­let on a run-out tide.

There are a few co­bia show­ing up around the is­lands again this week, along with small bill­fish.

For the night fish­er­men, the deeper holes along Long Is­land Sound have seen a lot of good jew­fish.

Another spot to try is Whit­sun­day Pas­sage, just off the Molle is­lands, near the deeper drop-off, us­ing live squid.

Dou­ble Cone Is­land, off the north­ern reef, has been pro­duc­ing well for those head­ing out just on day­light.

ROCK WALLS

THE squid have re­turned to Shute Har­bour af­ter dark, mak­ing for good bait and not bad eat­ing.

Shute Har­bour has also seen good num­bers of gi­ant trevally and queen­fish early in the morn­ing and late in the af­ter­noon.

The warmer wa­ters in the past week have seen a few barramundi show­ing up around the rock walls.

One of the best spots to try is around the Port of Air­lie rock wall early in the morn­ing. – Bob Spees, Whit­sun­day

Fish­ing World

RIVER

PLENTY of barramundi and threadfin salmon have been caught in the river in the past week, with some good grunter be­ing caught on the mus­sel beds up from River Ramp.

Your best bet is prawns or small vibe lures.

How­ever, with these build­ing tides, the river will make for hard fish­ing con­di­tions. If you’re head­ing down there, try tar­get­ing the slack tide.

It’ll be worth tak­ing a few crab traps down there this week as well, with these big tides mak­ing for good crab­bing con­di­tions.

DAM

THE dam has re­ally fired up in the past week with a com­bi­na­tion of northerly winds, warm nights and the build­ing moon.

The morn­ing bite has been quite slow. How­ever, good num­bers of fish are be­ing caught in the af­ter­noons and through the night.

Try fish­ing sur­face lures and shal­low divers late in the af­ter­noons up in the shal­lows on the western side of the dam.

Also try cast­ing deep-div­ing hard bod­ies in the tim­ber dur­ing the day or trolling them in the river cour­ses through the tim­ber.

The red claw yab­bies have been very scarce this year, pos­si­bly due to the lack of rain.

– Dayne Thompson, Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

REEF

THE reef has been fish­ing re­ally well of late, with plenty of red throat around.

The shal­lower parts of the reef have seen good num­bers of trout and job­fish.

An­glers are also get­ting some good catches of Span­ish mack­erel and shark mack­erel. The best bet for tar­get­ing mack­erel is trolling garfish on wog­heads.

If fish­ers see the mack­erel head­ing down lower, put the boat in neu­tral and let the bait sink a bit. Then speed up again to push the bait down lower. The al­ter­na­tive is to use a down­rig­ger.

The reef has also seen some nice sail­fish this week for the lo­cal game fish­er­men.

The shoals have been fish­ing re­ally well this week for nan­ny­gai and red em­peror. – Bob Spees, Whit­sun­day

Fish­ing World

Photos: Con­trib­uted

HOOKED: Ryan ‘The Mouse’ Wilkes landed this Span­ish mack­erel off Hook Is­land.

Grant Spees with a text­book ex­am­ple of a Span­ish mack­erel caught off Hook Is­land.

Five-year-old Reef Un­der­wood caught this golden trevally off Cape Glouces­ter.

Dayne Thompson caught and re­leased this breed­ing fe­male in the Proser­pine River at the week­end.

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