Fishing challenges amid rain
CASTING surface lures or metal spoons early morning and late afternoon will provide some fun on small mackerel, trevally and queenfish.
Fishing strips of garfish and peeled prawns is still producing good grunter off the walls, with the odd fingermark making an appearance.
Cannonvale Beach has reported good numbers of whiting being caught on the run-in tide using peeled prawns for bait.
CORAL trout are showing up in better numbers to add a bit more variety to the sweetlip and tusk fish that have been abundant in the recent weeks.
As the water starts to clear up, the mackerel should come on the chew.
There have also been a few large cobia being caught by those chasing the mackerel.
A few fingermark and jewfish were reportedly caught by those who got out to fish the deeper water last week while out chasing red emperor and nannygai, which were out and about in decent numbers.
FISHING live baits and prawns has been getting the best results from our rivers, producing barra, salmon and grunter.
The river mouths seem to be the pick of spots after that bit of rain has flushed into the systems.
For those wanting to cast lures, weedless rigged soft plastics are the go as they can be cast hard up into structure and fished very slowly.
Peter Faust Dam
THE recent rain has slowed down the barramundi in the dam.
Trolling the main basin with 5–8m diving lures around the tide changes will greatly increase your chance of hooking yourself a large barramundi.
Fishing surface lures and plastics in the bays that the wind blows into during the afternoon should produce some fish as the water is generally a couple of degrees warmer in these areas. — Ryan Fuller, Whitsunday Fishing World
Hydeaway Bay/ Dingo Beach
THE fishing has been a little tough in the past week, with anglers having to pick the eyes out of things to come up with a decent catch.
A few trout have been caught but are mostly borderline legal size.
Sweetlip are the mainstay of the reef fishing scene at the moment.
They aren’t the biggest fish in the world but they are certainly right up there among the tastiest.
There have been a few queenfish and giant trevally hanging around the bait schools.
The queenfish are responding well to soft plastics and the giant trevally have been a little fussier, but we’ve been able to get them to eat well-presented live baits.
Try hunting near the headlands and around the shipping beacons.
With the big low tides that we’ve got at the moment, it’s a good time to walk along the beach and pick up a feed of oysters off the rocks.
— Mick Underwood, Reel Addiction Sport Fishing Charters
PRIOR to the heavy rain on Thursday and Friday the fishing was excellent.
It was good to see excellent numbers of quality coral trout taken up to 65cm as well as red emperor, jobfish and plenty of good size red throat emperor.
Although the tides were small a few Spanish mackerel were also taken.
The week ahead has the new moon on Friday.
— Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sportfishing
NICE ONE: Mike Wilkinson with a nice red emperor caught at the reef last Wednesday with S Sea Fever. Have you landed a big catch recently? Email photos to editor@whitsunday times.com.au
Morgan Tween caught a beautiful golden trevally while on a Barra2Billfish fishing charter trip last Sunday.
Pete Foxall with a nice queenfish on a soft plastic.