Catching live bait pays off
GOING to the trouble of catching live baits will greatly increase your chances of catching some quality fish around the rock walls. Salmon, grunter, queenfish and mackerel are the target fish. Lightly weighted prawn or pilchard baits will also the the trick if live baits are hard to come by. The late afternoon tide change at Wilson’s Beach will be a great time to target salmon and a few barramundi on live baits, soft plastics and shallow diving lures.
THE rivers were a little tough to fish over the weekend with the bigger tides but will get better as the tides ease throughout the week. Live prawns and mullet baits are producing the best results on salmon, grunter and flathead. Those targeting the back eddies and holes at low tide with vibes and soft plastics were rewarded with some good salmon and barra. Putting in the extra effort to check pots regularly and moving them around is the trick to catching yourself a great feed of mud crabs.
THE cooler conditions have brought the mackerel onto the chew, but unfortunately the big tides dirtied the water up a bit, which meant spending time to find the cleaner water meant the difference in catching these fish.
Trolling garfish, wolf herring and fishing live baits are still producing better then trolled hard-bodied lures. The large tides made for tough fishing for reds and jewfish. Cuttlefish and fresh squid with the smaller tides this weekend should make for ideal conditions if the weather stays on track. Fishing the fringing reefs and protected bays basically getting out of the current produced the best catches during the weekend. This should continue throughout the week fishing pilchard and prawn baits lightly weighted.
— Ryan Fuller, Whitsunday Fishing World
ANOTHER productive week at the reef last week. Some quality Spanish mackerel taken with lead-up to the new moon a good bite time for them. Good reef fish across the board reported. The coming week has the tides neaping out so should be good for more reef fish action
— Ash Matthews, Sea
Dingo Beach/Hydeaway Bay
SOLID south-east trade winds have kept most people fishing in-shore over the past few days. The reef fishing has been patchy with the best fish coming from right up in the shallows. We’ve been getting a few fish on baits but the best bites have come from casting small hard body lures.
Beach anglers are still having a ball chasing whiting and flathead.
Try targeting the shallow patches of clean sand for the whiting and keep moving around to find the patches of flathead.
The trade breezes have put a dampener on most people getting to their favourite Spanish mackerel haunts and they look like they’re going to continue. There should be some patches of light winds early in the mornings, allowing keen anglers a short window to target these big speedsters.
— Mick Underwood, Reel
Addiction Sport Fishing
TERRIFIC TROUT: Carmen Parter landed this coral trout with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.
Ethan Boyle landed a stellar red emperor with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing last week.
Holly Wright landed a lovely trevally with A-one Fishing Charters.
Alex Sherriff with a nice golden trevally caught on light line with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.
Grant Spees with a nice barramundi.