Wind makes best bite inshore
THE rock walls around the marinas have been fishing extremely well, with anglers getting good catches of grunter on the rising tides using lightly weighted prawns and garfish fillets.
The barra have also been active around the rock walls for anglers using live baits, with a couple of fish around 80cm caught around the bottom of the tide from the Port of Airlie and Sailing Club rock walls, being the best spots to try for a barramundi.
The beaches have had good numbers of whiting getting caught on the first part of the rising tide, fishing with worm and prawn baits.
THE islands have been fishing well for those who have braved the weather.
Sweetlip are still in great numbers around the fringing reef with coral trout starting to show up a bit more consistently.
Spanish mackerel have shown up and from a couple of reports around Holbourne Island the mackerel seem to be here in great numbers.
Around the inner islands, Molle islands, Pigeon and Grimson Point have good numbers of wolf herring or ribbon fish.
Some nice tusk fish or blue tusk can be targeted in close around the headlands using fresh prawns or crabs.
TRY runoff areas during the full moon period for barramundi, the best time is nearing the bottom of the run out tide using bombers or plastics, throwing into the gutters and working them into the main river.
Crabs are still in good numbers with some very large crabs being caught. — Bob & Grant Spees, Whitsunday Fishing World
WITH only a couple of good days in the last week reports from the reef have been limited. Thankfully we did get out and managed to mix it with some awesome fishing.
The surface fishing for pelagics has been very good with giant trevally, spanish mackerel, shark mackerel and tuna being caught.
The reef fishing has also been productive with mainly red throats and spangled emperor making up the catches. — Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sportfishing
Dingo Beach/Hydeaway Bay
HEAVY winds over the last week has restricted fishing to close inshore locations which hasn’t caused too many problems as that’s where the best bite is going on at the moment. The school mackerel are still holding the show up fairly well although they have petered off a little in the last couple of days. The Spanish mackerel have started to show up in good numbers inshore but mostly rat sized ones, the big ones wont be too far away.
The water temp locally dipped below 25 degrees a few days ago and it was like an automatic switch turning the big trout off. Normally when this happens each year we get a few weeks of good sweetlip fishing and it appears that this will be the case this year. — Mick Underwood, Reel Addiction Sport Fishing
RIGHT: Sarah Thomas with a nice shallow water trout. This one couldn’t resist eating a trolled hardbody. Nice one Sarah.
TOP TREVALLY: Thomas Vodli, from the Gold Coast, caught and released this ripper giant trevally at the reef with Sea Fever Sportfishing.
Craig Yeomans landed a ripper of a gold spot cod last week with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.
John Vandervord said he hadn’t done much fishing prior to climbing aboard Reel Addiction. Pretty sure he’s hooked now.
Michael Tastard with a nice GT caught on Thursday with Sea Fever Sportfishing.