Bait abounds close to land
Wild weather sees bite move closer to shore over the week
Places like Pioneer Rocks, White Rock and Shute Harbour have been getting some really nice mackerel and trevally, and at night some fingermark on live baits.
The mouths of the creeks and the rivers have been getting big numbers of prawns, bringing the fish in to feed along the coastline.
This is happening as far up as Cairns and down to Sarina.
Species include barramundi and mangrove jack.
It’s been hard to get out to the outer islands this week, so you’re better off staying in closer to shore and the closer islands where the bait is.
Going by the weather predictions, it’s not going to allow for much more than that.
The rockwalls have also been profiting from the boom in bait, with Abell Point seeing some nice grunter landed.
Try using live baits for barramundi, mangrove jack and fingermark.
Live baiting is the best bet when there’s so much bait around. Bob Spees
Whitsunday Fishing World
With the windy conditions we have at the moment, the fishing has slowed a little bit because it’s harder to target the fish on the open points with this kind of wind.
But there’s certainly still a few fish getting caught for the guys just trolling lures around the more protected ramp side of the dam.
Deeper diving lures such as the Halco poltergeist and RMG scorpions in the 5 and 8m models, along with any of your favourite lures that get down around these depths, will work for this kind of fishing.
As soon as the wind drops back enough, working the more wind exposed weed areas will be a good place to target them with soft plastics and shallow divers etc.
There were quite a few barra caught for the opening of the season last week.
A large number of metreplus barra were caught, and I’ve heard most of them were released.
It was good to hear most of these fish were given a chance to spawn.
But there were also quite a few smaller barra caught on both bait and lures, which are better for the table, along with some nice threadies.
There are still reports of some good grunter being caught on the rocks just up from the ramp, but as the tides have gotten larger now the fishing has dropped away.
Not sure if we’ve had enough fresh yet, but there may have been enough to stir the crabs up too, so there may be some around with these larger tides.
Hopefully it won’t be too long before we get a decent flush that will really get things moving in the river.
Lindsay Dobe Proserpine Bait and Tackle
Very small windows in the weather for heading out to the reef along with battling the big tides has made for challenging times.
Although the conditions have been tough, the reef has been fishing well with plenty of big mackerel being caught on live baits and some nice coral trout in the shallows.
The odd cobia has also been popping up.
There’s plenty of small mouth nannygai in the deep water with some red emperor among them. Fingers crossed the wind now eases.
Paul Moran Sea Fever Sportfishing
CANTA’S CATCH: Local barra fishing legend Steve Cantamessa with a 80cm lurecaught barra. Even though he’s flat out at work, he found the time to chase a barra for the opening season. His motto is: “If you put in the time, you catch the fish.”
BARRA BAGGED: Proserpine Bait and Tackle owner Lindsay Dobe with a 70cm barra caught while casting lures among the snags.
SUPER SPANNY: Jesse Presenza landed this whopper of a Spanish mackerel, weighing in at 33kg.
RED REWARD: Renegade Fishing Charters skipper Luke Griffiths with a solid large mouth nannygai.