Recent rainfall fires up creek fishing
RIVERS AND CREEKS
The recent rains have made fishing fire up in the small coastal creeks around Airlie and Shute Harbour with anglers catching a heaps of mangrove jacks using pilchards and mullet fillets fishing the run in tide.
Anglers have also reported good mud crabs around the mouths of the creeks and in the bays.
Anglers have also reported good size flathead and the odd barramundi at the mouths of the creeks.
Reports from the Proserpine River have been crabs, crabs and more crabs with anglers catching a heap of crabs around the mouth and rock bar near the boat ramp.
ROCK WALLS/SHORE FISHING
The rock walls have been fishing well with plenty of grunter being caught off all the rock walls. Best reports have been from anglers fishing with prawns or fish fillets on the rising tide in the early hours of the morning or late evening has been the best times to chase a grunter.
Anglers who have used live baits around the rock walls have found queenfish, golden trevally and some great size fingermark bream. Plenty of GT’s off Shute Harbour along with Queenfish.
Fringing reefs are holding some very nice coral trout and sweetlip best bait being pilchards and squid.
Small mackerel and tuna schools are showing up around the islands, for tuna using 20gm silver slugs being best option.
Fishing for mackerel try using small slugs and soft plastics.
Live herring also a good option.
Outer islands still hold some spanish mackerel in Mackerel Bay, Dolphin Point and Nara Inlet.
Trolling hard bodies, floating pilchards and live fusiliers should be the go, if at Mackerel Bay try jigging the bait schools.
The deeper holes at Whitsunday Passage are holding good size jew fish just off the South Molle Island.
— Grant Spees, Whitsunday Fishing World
DINGO BEACH/HYDEAWAY BAY
It’s nice to see the weather moderate enough to allow everyone back out on the water.
There is plenty of action up in the creeks.
I wouldn’t want to be a bait fish in a creek at the moment as everything is getting smashed by gig predatory fish.
Reports are coming in of some big Mangrove Jack and fingermark being caught.
In amongst them are a few Blue Salmon and for the sports fisherman there’s tarpon everywhere.
After the recent rains there has been a lot of tannin stained water hanging around inshore which hasn’t helped the reef fish bite, but it is starting to disappear now which should see the reef fishing improve over the coming days.
In the channel between Gloucester Island and the mainland and along the coast from Cape Gloucester down to Sinclair Bay there is plenty of bait getting worked over by the inshore pelagics.
Keep an eye out for the birds, they’ll give the show away on where the fish are.
Good luck with your fishing over the next week, I hope you all catch a big one and have a great Christmas. — Mick Underwood, Reel Addiction Sport Fishing
HOLY CRAB: Eight-year-old Reef Underwood with a big fat mud crab.
Doug Birk with a pretty Barramundi Cod. This fish was promptly released after taking a couple of pics.
Shane Allan and sons Steven and Charlie Dickinson caught some nice Spanish mackerel during a fishing expedition.
Benson Smith showed off his first fish (Cod) on his dad’s boat around the islands.
Super keen young angler Sean McAllister with his first Spanish mackerel on a Reel Addiction Sport Fishing Charter.
Marcus Reha with a nice little flathead landed with A-one Fishing Charters.