Full moon to see dam on the bite
OUT around the islands, Mackerel Bay, Nara Inlet, Pinnacle Point and Edward Island have seen good numbers of mackerel.
The best method has proven to be jigging the bait school.
Try dropping a metal jig down into the school, then retrieve it as fast as possible to make it look like a fish escaping the bait ball.
The islands have also seen good numbers of cobia showing up over the last week, along with trout and grassy sweetlip.
Maori wrasse have been on the bite in large numbers as well, however anglers should be advised they are a protected species and must be released.
Longtail tuna have been productive of late and can be a lot of fun.
For those who like chasing a few sport fish, there have been big giant trevally turning up around Edward Island and Hook Passage.
Also try the reef off the southern end of Daydream Island early in the morning.
In Shute Harbour, the jetty has been fishing well early in the morning for big giant trevally.
The best bet is to get down there early and throw some big poppers.
Anglers can also try floating down fresh crab or coral prawns to target blue bone.
THE rockwalls have seen some action this week, with a few nice mangrove jack being caught.
The best way to target them is to head down early in the morning or late in the afternoon and try some live herring as bait.
Bob Spees, Whitsunday Fishing World
WITH tonight’s full moon, the tides in the river will be quite large.
This means it probably won’t fish very well for threadfin salmon until the middle to end of next week.
Although it is typically a slow time of year for crabs, these big tides may see a few on the move.
Therefore working the gullies might produce a feed of crabs.
TONIGHT’S full moon will actually prove positive for the dam, so the next few nights will be a good time to target barramundi.
As usual, this time of year the barramundi are starting to gather in fairly tight schools with good numbers.
So the trick is to be in the right spot when the school comes past, or to find the fish.
The opportunity is also there for the guys who like to troll lures out in the main basin.
Try trolling around, look for the bait schools or where the fish are holding in groups and work those areas.
Trying multiple depths can also work well.
So it’s always good to have a few depths out: a shallower diving lure around 2m, another one around 5m and one down at 8m – just to cover all your bases.
If you can’t get them to bite, a good trick is to try trolling a little bit quicker than you normally would for barramundi.
You can also try casting the weedy points around the edges of the main basin using soft plastics or shallow diving lures at night.
Lindsay Dobe, Proserpine Bait and Tackle
THERE’S been some good fishing at the reef over the past week, with good catches of trout, red throat and some quality red emperor.
Spanish mackerel have been biting a little slower over these smaller tides, but the odd fish has still been taken.
This coming week looks good, with some light winds forecast.
Hopefully the good fishing continues.
Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sportfishing
RIGHT, HOOKED AT HOOK: Colin Crossley landed this whopper of a coral trout at Hook Reef.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: David Schivanato and Mike O’Ryan with a solid pair of red emperor caught at the reef with Sea Fever Sportfishing.
ABOVE, BIRTHDAY BOY: Denman Cellars co-owner Ben Hayman celebrated his birthday last week by landing a sailfish aboard Renegade Fishing Charters.
LEFT, CORAL CATCH: Aaron De Brincat landed this coral trout near Cid Harbour.