Barra back on the menu Fishers set for start of season
There have been some nice mackerel up near the 20kg mark.
Try trolling the reefs off the southern end of Daydream Island and Nara Inlet on a runout tide.
Most of the fish are down deep, so get your lures and baits right down there.
Despite the big tides this week, there have still been some good trout landed.
This will improve as the tides start to drop off.
Grassy sweetlip have also been caught around Long Island and the reef between Daydream and South Molle islands.
Try leaving a floater out as you fish, with a lot of cobia around Whitsunday and Hook islands.
The front of Abell Point Marina has seen some nice grunter landed using peeled prawns in the early morning and late afternoon.
Whisper Bay has also seen quite a few grunter.
– Bob Spees, Whitsunday Fishing World
The dam has been fishing really well, with the fish coming on the bite late last week.
Late in the afternoon and through the night is the best time to get them during the full moon period.
Working the weed areas and weed points with soft plastics has been the most productive.
This good fishing should continue through the first part of this week as we’re still close to the full moon, and the morning bite should start to improve really early in the morning.
The river’s a little tough to fish during those large tide periods, but as the moon drops away this week the tides will become a lot better for fishing the river.
The tides look fantastic for the start of the barramundi season, which opens at noon on Monday, February 1.
With the small tides, everything should work in the river – live baiting, lures, casting vibes, trolling.
Everyone can pretty much take their pick with the way they want to target them.
– Lindsay Dobe, Proserpine Bait and Tackle
Good, calm conditions at the reef in the past week and fishing was better than expected, with a few days of winds pushing from the north-west.
Good trout were taken in the shallows, with fish up to 60cm making it to the box.
A few small-mouth nannygai and red emperor in the deeper shoals were taken.
Good fishing should continue in the next week.
KEN’S CATCH: Ken Kreike with a massive 1.2m queenfish landed with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing Charters.