Sharks snatch catches at reef and around islands
We’ve got the full moon coming up this weekend, so the afternoons, evenings and into the night should start to fish better over the next week.
Nothing much has changed in the past couple of weeks.
The majority of the fish are in the area of the main basin and around the edges of the weeds around the main basin.
In the weed, during calm conditions use top-water surface lures or soft plastics.
Also try trolling deep diving lures or jigging soft plastics or vibe lures in the deeper areas.
There’s a tournament at the dam this weekend, so there will be a few more boats around than normal. RIVER There are large tides at the moment with the full moon period, so the river will be a little hard to fish this week.
But it’s certainly a good opportunity to get the barra gear ready for the season opening next week on the quarter moon. The tides look spot-on for the opening day of the barra season – February 1.
There have been a few crabs floating around. Try moving your pots around a bit.
Lindsay Dobe Proserpine Bait
and Tackle ISLANDS Fishing around the islands has been productive this week, especially on the run-in tide.
There have been some nice blue bone, grassy sweetlip and trout on the fringing reefs. There’s been a few billfish hooked as well.
Those chasing mackerel should try Deloraine Island, Mackerel Bay, Edward Island and Dolphin Point.
Try putting jigs or live baits down deep.
On the shoals, nannygai and red emperor have been okay, but the biggest problem is the sharks. Move a long way from the sharks as they will follow your boat. ROCKWALLS The rockwalls have been getting some giant trevally, queenfish and grunter.
If this rain continues, it’s a good time to get into the man- groves around Shute Harbour and the bluff on a rising tide.
Get hard up into the mangroves with plenty of burly for mangrove jack.
The best bait is live poddy bullet or half a pilchard with a around a size zero or size one sinker. The best line is 15kg mono. That will give the line a bit of stretch and make it harder for the fish to break off. Bob Spees Whitsunday Fishing World REEF Great conditions last week for fishing the reef with the tides easing. Fishing the reef edge produced great numbers of coral trout and red throat.
Some good size Spanish mackerel are being caught on live baits, and there are plenty of tuna around the reefs.
Fishing the deep water has been nearly impossible in some spots due to sharks.
Paul Moran Sea Fever Sportfishing
FINE FEAST: Theo Loucas couldn't wait to tuck into this tasty trout he caught with Renegade Fishing Charters.
SNEAKY SHARKS: Renegade Fishing Charters skipper Luke Griffiths with the head of a whopping Spanish mackerel devoured by a shark just as a guest was reeling it in.
KING COBIA: Greg Fowler landed this solid cobia with Renegade Fishing Charters.
CAPTAIN’S CORAL: Renegade Fishing Charters skipper Luke Griffiths shows a stunning coral trout caught out around the islands.