Barra closure slows river
OUT around the islands there have been some small mackerel getting caught.
Anglers’ best bet is to troll small hard-bodied lures or small spoons.
There have also been a lot of tuna schools around the islands. Just find the birds and throw small metal slugs or lures and retrieve as fast as possible.
Be wary of bringing the tuna in too quickly however, as hooks tend to pull free.
The islands have also seen large numbers of flying fish, indicating a good time to chase marlin.
After the reef closure lifts tomorrow, anglers should try chasing nannygai and red emperor around the shoals.
The fringing reefs have also seen some nice trout around.
In Shute Harbour, good numbers of small mackerel have been getting caught, along with giant trevally and queenfish.
The squid have also returned to Shute Harbour after dark, although not as many as previously.
ABELL Point Marina is the rockwall hot spot this week, with anglers reporting good numbers of solid grunter.
The best bait to try is garfish strips or fresh peeled prawns.
Bob Spees, Whitsunday Fishing World.
THERE’S not much to report in the river this week due to big tides and the close of the barramundi season.
Some good grunter, however, have been getting caught on muscle beds up from river ramp.
If you’re venturing down there this weekend try targeting the low tide turn when the tide is slack and there’s less water volume in the river.
Crabs are still pretty few and far between in the river.
DUE to increasing hot weather, a lot of the dam fish are starting to move out into the deep where the water temperature is more consistent.
Try targeting these fish trolling deep diving hard-bo- died lures, or dropping soft plastics down into schools of fish marked on the sounder.
There has also been some good fish getting caught up in the shallows during dusk hours, and through the night period, using light weighted soft plastics.
Dayne Thompson, Proserpine Bait and Tackle.
FANTASTIC weather greeted us since coming back home from up north and the fishing hasn’t been bad either.
Some good mixed catches have been taken with good reef fish and surface pelagics.
Tuna schools are still thick at the reef, with loads of mac tuna feeding on small bait fish.
All should be aware of the current reef closure, November 9 to November 12, so it’s a good time to prep your boat and gear for a reef trip after the closure.
Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sportfishing.
For more information regarding the current reef closure, visit www.daf.qld.gov .au/fisheries/recreational /rules-regulations/closed-seasons-tidal-waters.
DAM BUSTER: Riley Woods landed this impressive barramundi in Peter Faust Dam on Friday night.
REDS: Skipper Ashley Matthews and angler Allister Stewart with a great catch of red emperor landed at the reef last week with Sea Fever Sportfishing.
Local fishing guru Bob Spees with a Maori sea perch.