Anglers hit water to enjoy favourable Easter conditions
Anglers have been having a terrific time during the Easter holidays, with a lot of really good coral trout being caught around the islands.
Try around South Molle Island and the Whitsunday Passage in about 15m of water for large mouth nannygai.
Mackerel Bay has had reports of a few mackerel and cobia.
The main thing they’ve been catching around the rockwalls this week has been grunter.
They’re getting them on strip baits, fresh prawns or garfish fillets.
The tides are spot-on for the Proserpine River all this week, so there should be some good threadies and barra about.
Try live baiting in the dirty water and, as the water starts to clear, the soft vibes should start to work really well.
There has been some really good-quality crabs around, so it’s worth throwing in some pots.
We just came through the full moon period and with the reasonably good weather, the dam is fishing quite well.
The fish are really starting to spread out now, as far as fishing in the deeper water, and they’re also starting to push right up in the shallows now the mornings are cooler.
The problem with the shallows is there’s a lot of weed and it’s really hard to use anything other than surface lures or weedless soft plastics in the vicinity.
Proserpine Bait and Tackle
Reasonable catches were reported during the past week from the reef.
Steady catches of coral trout, red throat emperor and other mixed reefies from the shallows, with a few nannygai and red emperor, were taken over the deeper shoals.
A few cobia were also taken over those deeper shoals.
The water clarity also improved with the smaller tides, which resulted in a few mackerel being caught.
Sea Fever Sportfishing
GURU'S NANNY: Local fishing guru Bob Spees with a solid nannygai taken at the reef with Sea Fever Sportfishing.
ISLAND ANGLING: Jesse Thane put the rod and reel to good use, landing this grassy sweetlip out around the islands.
CUDA CATCHER: Bruce Heslop with a 1.5m barracuda caught aboard Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.
FISH FEAST: Neil Wood with a dinner-sized nannygai caught on a micro jig with Reel Addiction.