Crabs now appearing on catch list for local anglers
Once again there’s not much to report around the islands this week.
There have been a few small mackerel getting around. Try Grimston Point. There have been some nice queenfish and a few trout getting caught in and around Shute Harbour and Daydream Island.
The rising tide has resulted in some good numbers of mangrove jack in the mangroves.
Try burlying them up around the snags.
Barramundi and grunter have been the main targets around the rockwalls.
There are plenty of small barramundi, with anglers getting them on soft plastics. A lot of them are small but still good fun. Try around the Whitsunday Marine Club and the Whitsunday Sailing Club.
The best bet for barra are curl tails, while peeled prawns are working for grunter.
– Bob Spees, Whitsunday Fishing World
The tides aren’t too bad for fishing in the river at the moment, but with the fresh water that’s around, a lot of the fish and bait will be fairly scattered.
With the windier conditions, a good place to start will be up the creeks, casting any of the run-off drains for barramundi.
However, this time of year in the upper reaches the barra are really the only target species, as they’re the only fish in the fresh.
If the wind allows, fishing the mouth of the river will probably produce a few kingies and barramundi.
With the fresh water starting to recede a little bit, it’s a great time of the year to put some pots in and chase some crabs.
The barra are on the move up at the dam at the moment due to the run-off water.
So any of the areas that have a good flow in are good places to look for them.
With the full moon coming up early next week, it’s the right moon phase to chase the fish in the dam.
The evening and into the night is usually the better time to target them during the full moon period.
– Lindsay Dobe, Proserpine Bait and Tackle
Dirty water and moderate to strong south- east winds have made the reef somewhat challenging to fish in the past week.
The water has been stirred up significantly by the 4m tides associated with the new moon last weekend, but the clarity has improved as the tides have eased.
The reef fishing has been steady, with good reports of trout taken in the shallows.
The dirty water has made the spanish mackerel almost non-existent, with their peak feeding time prior to the new moon.
Some cobia up to 15kg have been taken, as well as some good-sized giant trevally up to 25kg on surface poppers and stickbaits.
– Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sportfishing
BIG SPIRIT: Three-year-old Jayden Joubert landed this barramundi at the dam on Monday while fishing with his dad Wayne. Photos: Contributed
GIANT HUNTER: Matt Basford caught and released this impressive giant trevally at the reef on Sunday with Sea Fever.