Black marlin bagged on reefs
Trolling the fringing reefs has seen a couple of black marlin picked up.
Mackerel have been taken while jigging. Drop the jig down and retrieve it as quickly as possible so it looks like a fish escaping that ball of bait.
There have been some very nice trout around the islands, along with fingermark.
Around the points there has been some big giant trevally.
The shoals have been fishing okay at night, but trying to get away from the sharks is the big problem this time of year.
In Shute Harbour, the jetty has been getting some monster giant trevally early in the morning and late in the evening.
The jetty has also seen some nice queenfish landed.
The Whitsunday Sailing Club rockwall has been producing well for mangrove jack and fingermark on dusk.
Try using live herring for the best results.
– Bob Spees, Whitsunday Fishing World
The tides are starting to drop back with the quarter moon period, so the Proserpine River should start to fish well as the water clears.
And again, with the barramundi out of bounds, the threadies and grunter are the best fish to look for at the moment.
There’s the odd crab running around, but the crabbing will probably improve once we get a bit of substantial rain.
The moon is starting to build a little now, so the fishing should start to improve.
It’s been a little bit tough in the past few days.
It’s not uncommon this time of year, before we get a rain event and certainly in this build-up season, to go through spells where the fish are a lit- tle bit slower.
Certainly as we build towards the full moon, the fishing should improve.
Working the weed edges of the main basin, looking for schools and fishing the deeper areas are the best ways to target them at the moment.
Big tides in the past week, related to the new moon, make for good reef fishing if you can find areas without too much run.
Some quality pelagics such as tuna, Spanish mackerel and cobia have also been taken.
These fish like the big tide movement, so fishing the pressure points of the reef is the best way to start looking.
Giant trevally have also been on the hunt, which is good for sport fisherman.
Smaller tides this coming weekend are perfect for drifting the deeper shoals for red emperor and nannygai.
– Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sportfishing
CAPTAIN'S CATCH: Renegade Fishing Charters skipper Luke Griffiths with a solid red emperor.
BIG GIANT: Paul Moran caught and released this impressive giant trevally at the reef with Sea Fever Sportfishing.
FISH FEAST: PE tackle's Sean Munro reeled in this ripper nannygai at the reef with Renegade Fishing Charters.
COBIA KING: Shaun Smith caught this solid cobia at the reef on Sunday with Sea Fever.