Catches are building as a result of warmer water
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.