Get amongst the billfish bonanza
CONDITIONS at the reef at the moment are fantastic for both sport/game fishermen as well as the bottom fishermen.
The water over this last week has turned almost purple it is so clear, bringing with it pelagic fish.
This is the best water to find your billfish (marlin and sailfish) as well as Spanish mackerel, tuna, wahoo and dolphin fish.
Juvenile black marlin are doing their annual run down the coast with ports further north, both Cairns and Townsville, having bumper seasons inshore which equates to a good outlook for us in the Whitsundays.
Trolling pusher style lures along tide changes or water colour changes are a good spot to start.
At all the inshore islands out to the reef is a chance at hooking these trophy fish.
Lots more could be said, but if you’re unsure get down to your local tackle shop as these guys live and breath it and are a wealth of information
— Ash Matthews, Sea
THE mackerel have finally come onto the chew with great reports from most who got out at the weekend.
Mackerel Bay and Dolphin Point produced the best number of fish with live baiting, trolling baits and jigging being the best techniques.
Quite a few billfish were sighted over the weekend. Adding a pusher or rigged garfish into your trolling spread could see you hooked up to one of these acrobatic speedsters.
Bottom fishing is still going very well with lots of red throat about and some quality trout and sweetlip adding to the mix.
FISHING the rock walls with live baits has been the most consistent way to hook into a few fish.
There’s been a good variety of pelagics, grunter and salmon making up the bulk of captures.
Peeled prawns, garfish and mullet fillets make a great alternative if livies are hard to come by.
Casting metal spoons, vibes and surface lures early morning or late afternoon for queenfish, salmon and mackerel.
GRUNTER and salmon are producing the best captures in our rivers on live prawns and strips of mullet.
Most barra are being caught around the mouths and headlands of most rivers with live baiting, plastics and hard bodies that dive two to three meters doing the job. — Ryan Fuller, Whitsunday Fishing world
Dingo Beach/Hydeaway Bay
PERFECT weather, tides and water clarity culminated in an awesome Spanish mackerel bite.
The mackerel haven’t been to fussy, eating largely what ever was put in front of them.
The inshore reef fishing scene has been a little clammed up but we’ve still been getting a reaction bite out of a few nice trout by either trolling or casting hard body lures.
— Mick Underwood, Reel
Addiction Sport Fishing
TOP TROUT: Six-year-old Shannon Matthews went to the reef with dad and caught this 69cm coral trout.
Tony Warnett with a Spanish mackerel caught at the reef with Sea Fever Sport Fishing.
RIGHT: Gaye Story caught this 67cm pearl perch near Double Cone Island.
John and Coen Mitchell with a nice golden trevally caught with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.
Simon Young with a 15kg longtail tuna landed with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.