New moon has grunter biting
THE relentless south-east winds have continued over most of the last week making a trip to the reef a little bumpy. Those making the effort were rewarded with good reports of reef fish taken. A few Spanish mackerel taken over the dark moon and hopefully the numbers will improve over the next month.
— Ash Matthews, Sea
WHITING and flathead have been caught in good numbers off Cannonvale Beach using peeled prawns for the whiting and soft plastics for the flathead. Casting surface lures during the late afternoon has been providing great fun on some decent sized queenfish. Using live bait will work with salmon and grunter getting into the mix. Abel Point rock wall and under Coral Sea jetty is fishing well for grunter, fingermark and the odd mangrove jack mostly taken on pilchard baits.
EVEN with the bigger tides, the islands continue to fish very well.
The mackerel have come onto the chew with Narra Inlet, Mackerel Bay and Hannah Point all producing some good fish.
The tides made fishing the bottom a bit tricky over the past weekend but there have been reports of good coral trout and sweetlip in the shallower waters.
Those who gave the deeper water a go were rewarded with nice red emperors and nannygai.
With tides easing off during this week fishing for some tasty reef fish should only improve.
CRABS numbers have tapered off slightly but checking your pots regularly, every 45 minutes to an hour and moving them around should see a couple more crabs in the esky.
Fishing the shallow banks, gutters and rock bars is still the best bet if barramundi is your target species.
Snags, bends and points that break up the current or form a back eddy will also be worth a cast or two for salmon and barramundi.
Shallow sand bars are producing some quality whiting for those fishing prawn baits with a few flathead being taken on shallow diving lures and soft plastics.
Peter Faust Dam
THE dam fished a little slow over the weekend but some good fish were caught.
Slow trolling, repeat, slow trolling the main basin did the trick for most who caught fish.
Persistence was the key to catching fish up in the sticks.
Working areas thoroughly and putting in the casts with three metre hard body lures worked super slow with lots of twitches and pauses proved the downfall of these snag dwelling fish.
— Ryan Fuller, Whitsunday
Hydeaway Bay/Dingo Beach
THE crabs have quietened down a little in numbers but the quality being caught is right up there.
On the reef fishing scene the coral trout have clammed up a little since the new moon but the grunter and the nannygai are starting to fire up in the deeper water, fresh strip baits have been bringing these fish undone.
— Mick Underwood, Reel
Addiction Sport Fishing
GOLDEN CATCH: Ben Silverthorn with one of a few nice golden trevally that he caught with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.
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Mal Kimpton catches a nice Spaniard in the Whitsundays last week.
Steve Silverthorn with a monster gold spot cod. A seriously good catch on 12lb line.
Nena Mudgee caught her biggest fish ever - a Spanish mackeral on a hand line.