Fantastic forecast for weekend
THE areas protected from the strong winds around Daydream and the Molle islands have been getting a few nice longtail tuna this week.
For those targeting the bottom, the same spots have also been working well for trout and grassy sweetlip.
Down near Long Island there have been a few smaller examples of Spanish and grey mackerel.
Meanwhile, some of the deeper holes around White Rock have been holding some nice nannygai, but mainly indonesian snapper.
Returning from a trip to the reef on Monday, we saw some big schools of longtail tuna outside the islands.
The best way to target them is by using a single hook and a very small slug.
Cast the slug in front of the school and retrieve it as fast as possible.
Remember the longtail have soft mouths, so try not to bring them straight into the boat or you’ll pull the hook out.
Anglers need to play them a bit first.
For those chasing mackerel and cobia, there have been decent numbers showing up around Dolphin Point, Mackerel Bay and Edward Island.
The forecast for the weekend is looking very good.
THE Shute Harbour jetty has been getting some good numbers of queenfish and mackerel this week.
Try using live herring for the best results.
– Bob Spees, Whitsunday Fishing World
THE river fished well last week during the small tide period, but this week, with the larger tides, the fishing will be quite a bit harder due to the strong currents.
With the larger tides though, it might get a few crabs moving about.
So it’ll probably be worth putting some pots in the gullies and creeks out of the strong currents.
This time of the year, until the rain comes, there should be quite a few grunter in any of the creeks and rivers on the rockbars, generally near the mouths or headlands.
You can target these with slab baits; squid, mullet, garfish and dead prawns.
IT HAS been a little harder this week with the wind coming up a bit, but certainly the easiest way to target the barramundi at the moment is trolling in the main basin.
A lot of the large fish, as usual, have started to school
“Weather conditions were a little challenging at the weekend but prior to this we had some great fishing at the reef.” – Ash Matthews
out in the basin in the deeper areas.
Trolling around with 5m and 8m lures until the find the schools and working that area is the best way to get them.
After you’ve found the schools, working soft plastics and vibe-style lures up through them is a good way to rack up a few numbers if the schools aren’t moving too fast.
This pattern should continue until we get any substantial rainfall.
– Lindsay Dobe, Proserpine Bait and Tackle
WEATHER conditions were a little challenging at the weekend but prior to this we had some great fishing at the reef.
From all reports, there are plenty of trout and red throat emperor in the shallows.
Some great surface fishing for giant trevally has been experienced, with fish up to 35kg being caught and released.
This weekend looks good with the weather, so it could be a good opportunity to stock up on fish for Christmas.
– Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sportfishing
YOUNG TALENT: Reece Matthews had some fun at the reef at the weekend, catching and releasing his biggest giant trevally with Sea Fever.
TOOTHY GRIN: Mick Coldrick caught this hammerhead shark near Pioneer Rocks with Fishdive Charters on Saturday.
LOCAL SECRETS: Airlie Beach local Jasmine Brannan landed this coral trout with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing Charters.
NEW EXPERIENCE: Shontelle Parras landed her first ever Spanish mackerel at the reef last week with Sea Fever Sportfishing.