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BIG BOY: Anthony Morrison’s giant trevally was such a catch he needed a hand from a Renegade Fishing Charters deck hand. Contributed

Easter fishing looking to fire

EASTER is looking good for our anglers, according to local fishing guru Bob Spees.

"With Easter coming up, the weather so far is not looking too bad and we've got some good tides," he said.

Island fishers have had fun this week, with good catches reported.

"Those people who ventured out have been pulling up some nice size trout," Mr Spees said.

"They're also getting grassy sweetlip."

Anglers can also target the fringing reefs for similar results.

The shoals have been producing some nice nannygai and red emperor.

"So they'll be worth targeting with the tides," Mr Spees said.

It's been quiet on the surface however, with few catches reported.

"There's just a few small mackerel around."

The rockwalls have had some prime mangrove jack this week.

"The best bait for them is fresh mullet fillets and plenty of burly," Mr Spees said.

Grunter have also been biting around the rockwalls.

The mangroves have had some quality jacks this week as well, with Mr Spees recommending anglers get in close on the rising tide, burly them up and use unweighted baits.

The crabs are biting this week.

"The Proserpine River's been crabbing well, along with Trammel Bay," Mr Spees said.

"There's been quite a lot on the move."

The river has also been producing well for barramundi, with good tides making it an ideal time to target them.

"And they're getting some nice king salmon too," Mr Spees said.

"The best baits for them are mullet strips, fresh poddy mullet or prawns."

Those chasing barramundi have been in luck at the dam as well this week.

"The dam's been fishing very well trolling the basin," Mr Spees said.

"The best lures to use are deep, deep divers, as deep as you can get them.

"Poltergeists and Duo Deep Divers are working very well."


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