Coral trout on the chew in warmer temperatures
Dingo Beach/ Hydeaway Bay
AS THE water temps continue to climb, a few more fish are coming out of their winter slumber and coming to life opening up more options for anglers.
The local coral trout population has begun to come to life with some nice specimens being caught nice and close to home.
Soft plastics and fresh cut baits have been getting the best fish.
The start and the finish of the ebb tide has been when most of the best bites have been happening and it has been important to keep moving around regularly to stay on a consistent bite.
Up in the creeks there is plenty of bait (mostly herring) around and this has bought the local mangrove jack population to life.
Reports are coming in of some nice specimens being caught in all our local systems.
I haven’t seen too many barramundi being caught as yet, but it won’t be long before they spring to life as well.
We have some nice light north-easters forecast over the next few days which open up the doors for some offshore fishing.
It might be time to sneak out to the shoals and bag a nannygai or two or even right out to the reef and get a feed of tasty red throat emperor and coral trout.
— Mick Underwood, Reel Addiction Sport Fishing
THE Islands have been firing for the anglers who braved the windy conditions.
Spanish mackerel were in close with some great reports coming from anglers fishing the islands around Shute Harbour and the Molle islands.
Best reports have come from guys trolling ribbonfish which hooked some big spanish mackerel.
Dolphin point has also been fishing extremely well with anglers catching some 20kg plus size fish trolling garfish and deep diving lures on the run in tide with anglers also reporting a few sailfish and black marlin showing up around dolphin point.
Coral trout have come on the bite and have been biting well, as well as sweet lip for anglers fishing the fringing reef around all of the islands.
Reports of tuna are coming in more and more and shouldn’t be long before the tuna season gets firing.
Giant trevally have also been reported in good numbers around the islands at the moment and should only get better as we get closer to summer.
Creeks and Rivers
THE Proserpine River has been fishing well and with only a couple of weeks before the closure of barramundi season now is the time to catch a barramundi.
Anglers have been doing well live baiting in the bends of the river and creek junctions fishing around the bottom of the tide has been the best time to catch a fish.
Anglers fishing lures have also been catching a lot of barramundi and threadfin salmon with soft vibes from reports doing the best job.
Anglers trolling in the river with rmg scorpion 5m and 8m divers have been reporting a lot of barramundi and king salmon being caught around flying fox and up the river at the break thru.
The smaller coastal creeks have been fishing well with anglers reporting some barramundi, flathead and mangrove jack on the bite at the moment with anglers using small hard body lures and live mullet getting the best results.
Mud crabs have also been reported and will only get better and better as we get more rain and as the water temp picks up a bit more.
Rock walls and shore fishing
SHORE fishing has been good with most anglers reporting a bit of action.
VMR has been fishing well with good reports of barramundi coming from anglers fishing the rising tide using live mullet.
Anglers using prawns have reported a few good grunter.
Shute Harbour wharf has been fishing well until the wind came up.
There has been a lot of trevally getting around Shute Harbour hitting live baits early in the morning and late in the evening.
Squid have been in good numbers at night around Shute Harbour with a few anglers catching a good feed of squid.
Cannonvale beach and new beach have both had a lot of good size whiting and a few flathead getting caught fishing the rising tide with prawns and worms being the best baits from reports. — Grant Spees, Whitsunday Fishing World
BACK N’ BITING: John Stelling with a nice Coral Trout.
Troy Aleckson with a good queeny plucked from under a bait school.
Jasmine Noga with a flathead caught from Shute Harbour over the weekend.