The spots for the right drop

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Ai­var Ri­i­boon, from Es­to­nia, pos­ing with a nice large mouth nan­ni­gai caught with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

Shute Har­bour

PILCHARDS have been the go-to bait for coral trout and sweet­lip lately.

Pilchards cre­ate their own bur­ley trail and the smaller tides keep the bur­ley in the area longer.

Live her­ring and pike have been pro­duc­ing the goods on the queen­fish and trevally.

Rock walls

PLENTY of bluies have been seen around the rocks lately. Us­ing lightly-weighted prawns on a heavy hand line is your best chance of land­ing one of these tasty fish.

Small queen­fish and trevally are pro­vid­ing some en­ter­tain­ment for those cast­ing soft plas­tics and metal lures.

Go­ing to the trou­ble to catch live mul­let or garfish will give you the best chance of hook­ing into some of the bar­ra­mundi that have been feed­ing around the rock walls at night.

Peter Faust Dam

WITH the re­cent rain, fish can be found up on the weed beds or pa­trolling the edges. Slowly work­ing soft plas­tics and shal­low divers around these ar­eas should see you with a bent rod in your hands.

Keep an eye out for any wa­ter flow­ing into the dam. These flush fresh nu­tri­ents and food into the dam, at­tract­ing bait­fish, which means the preda­tors won’t be too far away.

Rivers and creeks

THE re­cent down­pour should get the crabs and prawns mov­ing. Work­ing your pots and mov­ing them around to find the crabs is your best op­tion.

Chas­ing the prawns in the feeder creeks and gut­ters will be a good way of get­ting a feed or some ex­cel­lent bait.

More rain will see the ma­jor­ity of the fish push out to­wards the mouths of the rivers. Barra, sal­mon and the odd fin­ger­mark can be caught bait fish­ing, cast­ing soft plas­tics, vibes and trolling 5–8m divers will get you a qual­ity feed.

Is­lands

MACK­EREL have ta­pered off re­cently but are still a pos­si­bil­ity for those trolling or live bait­ing spots like Mack­erel Bay and the back of Hay­man.

The fring­ing reefs around the is­lands are your best bet for a feed of coral trout and sweet­lip. Pilchards and strip baits have been pro­duc­ing the goods.

When us­ing strip baits, re­mem­ber size lim­its still ap­ply even if fish are to be used as bait.

If the weather holds out, the tides should still al­low those who pre­fer to fish deep the op­por­tu­nity to drop squid baits down for a few red em­peror and nan­ni­gai. — Ryan Fuller, Whit­sun­day

Fish­ing World

Reef

EXELELLENT con­di­tions for fish­ing over the last week al­though a lit­tle damp with the rain that’s been a about.

Small tides made for fish­ing the deep shoals the pick with re­ports of good catches of nan­ny­gai and red em­peror up to eight kilo­grams.

Some good num­bers of school size Span­ish mack­erel have also been caught which is a great sign for the sea­son ahead. These fish are in the 5-10kg range and read­ily take small to mid-sized bibbed min­now lures and rigged garfish. The weather is not look­ing too good.

— Ash Matthews, Sea

Fever Sport Fish­ing Felix Hakins pos­ing with a nice lit­tle barrel of a mac tuna landed while on char­ter with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fish­ing.

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