Barra and reef fish on the bite
THE islands fished well for reef fish on the weekend, with good numbers of trout, sweetlip and red throat caught.
Most fish seemed to be caught off the fringing reefs and isolated rocks.
A few mackerel were caught but aren’t really feeding hard yet. Hopefully the building tides during the week might trigger them to feed.
Fishing the deeper water is producing some quality nannygai.
Larger tides will limit opportunities to fish deep, but the promise of a possible capture of a snapper over the next couple of weeks might be enough encouragement to get out there and give it a try.
THE dam was a little quiet this week and probably won’t improve until later in the week leading up to the moon.
Mark any schools of fish you find on the sounder and stick with them.
Persistence is the key here.
Even if the fish aren’t feeding, they can be pestered into a reaction bite by dropping plastics or vibes into the school.
Getting one fish to bite can excite the rest of the school into feeding.
WITH reports of squid being caught off the rock walls on the weekend, the fishing should improve.
Fishing live baits of squid, pike or herring should see a nice mix of mackerel, queenfish, salmon, grunter and fingermark.
Those who prefer to throw lures, casting surface lures and metal spoons during the low light periods will entice the pelagics, while soft plastics and vibes during the day should provide a tasty feed of grunter or fingermark.
QUITE a few barra were caught on the weekend, with most being caught out of the gutters and shallow rock bars on both plastics and shallow diving hard bodies. Salmon and flathead were a welcome by-catch.
Peeled prawns, lightly weighted, fished with a light drag has resulted in some quality grunter in the deeper holes around the bottom of the tide.
Crabs still seem to be around in good numbers. Remember to be mindful of pot placement due to the larger tides. — Ryan Fuller, Whitsunday Fishing World
Hydeaway Bay/Dingo Beach
THIS week has been the week of the trout.
There have been some awesome specimens coming in all the usual haunts from depths varying from two to 40 metres.
The water has cleared considerably opening up some good pelagic fishing options at the outer edges of the islands, with Spanish mackerel starting to move in and fire up.
The clearer water has allowed spearfishermen back into the game and there have been some good reports of painted crayfish and coral trout being brought home for dinner.
The whiting and flathead are being caught in good numbers off the beaches, most of the whiting caught lately have been on small fresh baits.
Peeled prawns and squid tentacles are proving pretty reliable.
— Mick Underwood, Reel
Addiction Sport Fishing
NICE FISH: Reef Underwood with Max and Sam McNally and a huge coral trout caught with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.
Monique de Clerk with her first giant trevally caught and released at the reef with Sea Fever Sportfishing.
Tihan Bekker with a coral trout caught with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.
Stephen Gitsham with a coral trout caught with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing. :
Pieter de Klerk holds a 25kg speedster of a Spanish mackerel caught with Sea Fever Sportfishing.