Is­land mack­erel are on the chew

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Rock walls

WHISPER Bay rock wall is fishing well dur­ing the run in tide us­ing peeled prawns and garfish fil­lets for grunter and blue salmon.

Is­lands

FISHING the 10-20m mark off the fring­ing reefs has been pro­duc­ing good num­bers of sweet­lip and red throat. Co­ral trout have slowed down a bit but the qual­ity of fish be­ing caught has been bet­ter.

Mack­erel Bay, Dol­phin Point and Nara In­let have been the spots to chase mack­erel.

Most tech­niques are catch­ing fish with trolling, jig­ging and live bait­ing get­ting the bet­ter re­sults.

There has been a few tuna schools out there, cast­ing metal slugs into th­ese schools and re­triev­ing as fast as pos­si­ble should re­sult in some line burn­ing ac­tion.

The key here is to get the size of your lure as close to the size of the bait th­ese fish are feed­ing on.

River

THE rivers were a tad quiet with the large tides over the week­end.

Fishing the rock bars and drains seemed to be the most con­sis­tent spots to find a feed of fish.

Salmon and grunter are tak­ing baits of prawns or small mul­let.

It’s def­i­nitely still worth tak­ing the pots up the creek to chase a feed of crabs.

Dam

PETER Faust Dam fished well over the week­end.

The most pro­duc­tive tech­nique was trolling the main basin with 5-8 mitre divers.

Keep an eye on the sounder while trolling, if fish are found schooled up in the basin, th­ese fish can be tar­geted on soft plas­tics and vibes dropped into the school. — Ryan Fuller, Whit­sun­day Fishing World

Reef

GOOD signs for the mack­erel sea­son ahead with some qual­ity Span­ish macs be­ing caught at the reef.

Trolling hard bod­ied lures and rigged garfish over the shoals and pres­sure points of the reefs has pro­duced mul­ti­ple hookups and th­ese tasty speed­sters.

Th­ese fish are around 6-12kg and are ex­cel­lent eat­ing.

This good fishing will hope­fully con­tinue for a few more months.

With the smaller tides the reef fishing has also been pro­duc­tive, with red em­peror, nan­ny­gai, span­gled and redthroat mak­ing up the bulk of the catches.

Good size co­ral trout are also be­ing taken in the deeper wa­ter gen­er­ally 30+ me­tres

— Ash Matthews, Sea

Fever Sport­fish­ing

Dingo Beach/ Hy­de­away Bay

LEAD­ING up to the full moon the trout snapped their heads off with good fish be­ing caught from four to 40 me­tres.

Most of the fish have been caught on good old strip baits and soft plas­tics.

Com­bined with the plum­met­ing wa­ter temps this is good news for an­glers want­ing to get out and chase a Span­ish mack­erel.

The in­shore reefs have got a lit­tle harder since the full moon but if you find the bait schools there’s still plenty of school mack­erel get­ting around.

For shore based an­glers the whit­ing are a bit thin­ner in num­bers but there are still re­ports of good catches of squid and flat­head.

— Mick Un­der­wood, Reel

Ad­dic­tion Sport­fish­ing

PHOTO: MICK UN­DER­WOOD

Cameron Mitchell with a co­ral trout landed with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fishing.

Mar­garet Swanepoel with a nice flat­head caught off the reef with Reel Ad­dic­tion Fishing Char­ters.

PHOTO: MICK UN­DER­WOOD

Adri­ana Caon with a co­ral trout caught with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport Fishing.

PHOTO: ASH MATTHEWS

Had­dley Gooden with a red em­peror caught at the reef on Satur­day with Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing.

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