Tuna running hot in the warmer waters



OVER the weekend the dam should start to fish well again, with a few reports of barramundi caught already as conditions start to improve.

Try trolling large diving lures in the main basin of the dam. Lures such as the Halco 190 and Reidy's Big Boss have been the lures of choice for fishermen targeting these fish.

The best time to fish the dam is during the day.


With the better tides this weekend, the best fish to target will be king salmon. These can be caught live baiting on the outer bends of the corners up the river.

There are mud crabs around but only in small numbers. They should start to pick up over the next month or so.

Geordie McBride

Proserpine Bait and Tackle


Lots of tuna and billfish have been sighted towards Long Island.

Good sized nannygai are being caught in the deeper holes around White Rock off Shute Harbour late in the afternoon and at night using fresh squid.

Coral trout and grassy sweetlip are being caught in front of Whitsunday Island and there are still Spanish mackerel being caught in Mackerel Bay. Try knife jigging or fishing deep with live bait for best results.

Billfish are being caught around Dolphin Bay and Pinnacle Point, as well as between Pioneer Rocks and Hannah Point. The best method to catch these are casting small metal lures into the school and retrieving quickly.


There are heaps of grunter being caught off Abel Point Marina and the VMR rockwalls, as well as GT's and queenfish.

Shute Harbour is currently alive with small bait fish. Longtail tuna, mack tuna and school mackerel can be found here chasing the bait fish for a feed.

Try fishing for these fish on the run-out tide. Be patient and wait until the bigger fish have balled the bait fish and are starting to feed before casting for them as they won't take any lures or bait until they are ready to feed.



Black reef has nice schools of bait around it, which the bigger fish are feeding on. One boat reported hooking four sailfish at this reef last week.

There are lots of tuna out there also.

The bottom is fishing well for coral trout and red emperor. The deeper holes are also producing some very nice nannygai and red emperor.

There are plenty of small mackerel about, but watch for sharks. Once the sharks arrive, you won't get your fish through them. The only way to combat them is to move.

Bob Spees

Whitsunday Fishing World

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