Pommies just going with the flow
FISHING at the reef over the last week has been steady without breaking any records. Plenty of red throat continue to be caught but the good trout numbers vary day to day.
Sharks are becoming more active as the water temperature starts to increase. They will quickly pounce on a free feed if given half a chance.
Things are looking good for the game fish tournament on October 12-15.
Plenty of tuna schools getting around and reports of sailfish and juvenile black marlin. — Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sportfishing
BARRAMUNDI have started with all this recent warm weather and will only get better around the full moon.
Best spots to try for a barramundi are the Whitsunday Sailing Club rock wall, Whisper Bay and Port of Airlie with anglers using live mullet for the best results with a few fish also being caught on diving hard bodied lures.
As the tides are bigger this is also a prime time to fish the local rock wall with fresh prawns or garfish fillets chasing grunter with a few lucky anglers catching them around the 50 cm mark.
Creeks and rivers
MANGROVE jack in the small coastal rivers have been biting well on live mullet and mullet fillets on the run in tide with anglers catching the odd barramundi.
Mud crabs have been caught as well and should get better as the season kicks off.
Proserpine River has been fishing well for king salmon with anglers fishing the deep bends of the creeks with live prawns and soft vibes catching king salmon,.
Barramundi have been caught in the Proserpine River by anglers using live baits and flicking lures around the snags with Flying Fox the best spot.
THE islands are the place to go to find a good feed of sweetlip and coral trout with reports from anglers fishing the fringing reef in 10 – 15 metres of water with pilchards and squid.
Tuna are here also for those anglers who want a bit of sports fishing fun with schools around Gumbell Island and Long Island having good feeding fish.
Spanish mackerel have also been caught on live baits around Narra inlet, Hannah Point and Hook Passage.
Dolphin Point has had a few anglers hooking into some sailfish and black marlin. — Grant Spees Whitsunday Fishing World
Dingo Beach/ Hydeaway Bay
THE fishing has been a bit patchy over the last week.
The deeper water around the outside edges of the islands have been hard work but there are still some nice trout and sweetlip being caught inshore nice and close to home.
Trolling hard body lures over the shallow reefs has been producing the best bites for these fish.
There has been a lot of bait pushing inshore over the last few days and there are plenty of tuna that have followed them in.
The bait fish that they're feeding on are tiny so make sure your lures are as well. — Mick Underwood, Reel
Addiction Sport Fishing
GREAT FISH: Michael Kimpton and Dan Seale catch and release a nice sailfish near Hook Island last week.
Jim Anderson from Brisbane landed this cod on Sunday at the reef.
Nine-year-old Reece Matthews caught his first ever mac tuna with Sea Fever Sportfishing.
Six-year-old Shannon Matthews with his first ever mac tuna caught at the reef with dad on Sea Fever Sportfishing.