Sport

Get amongst the billfish bonanza

Tony Warnett with a Spanish mackerel caught at the reef with Sea Fever Sport Fishing.
Tony Warnett with a Spanish mackerel caught at the reef with Sea Fever Sport Fishing.

Reef

CONDITIONS at the reef at the moment are fantastic for both sport/game fishermen as well as the bottom fishermen.

The water over this last week has turned almost purple it is so clear, bringing with it pelagic fish.

Simon Young with a 15kg longtail tuna landed with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.
Simon Young with a 15kg longtail tuna landed with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.

This is the best water to find your billfish (marlin and sailfish) as well as Spanish mackerel, tuna, wahoo and dolphin fish.

Juvenile black marlin are doing their annual run down the coast with ports further north, both Cairns and Townsville, having bumper seasons inshore which equates to a good outlook for us in the Whitsundays.

Trolling pusher style lures along tide changes or water colour changes are a good spot to start.

At all the inshore islands out to the reef is a chance at hooking these trophy fish.

John and Coen Mitchell with a nice golden trevally caught with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.
John and Coen Mitchell with a nice golden trevally caught with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.

Lots more could be said, but if you're unsure get down to your local tackle shop as these guys live and breath it and are a wealth of information

Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sportfishing

Islands

THE mackerel have finally come onto the chew with great reports from most who got out at the weekend.

Mackerel Bay and Dolphin Point produced the best number of fish with live baiting, trolling baits and jigging being the best techniques.

Quite a few billfish were sighted over the weekend. Adding a pusher or rigged garfish into your trolling spread could see you hooked up to one of these acrobatic speedsters.

Bottom fishing is still going very well with lots of red throat about and some quality trout and sweetlip adding to the mix. Fishing plastics, micro jigs or baits of pilchards and squid off the fringing reefs in around that 20 meter mark should do the trick.

Rockwalls

FISHING the rock walls with live baits has been the most consistent way to hook into a few fish.

There's been a good variety of pelagics, grunter and salmon making up the bulk of captures.

Peeled prawns, garfish and mullet fillets make a great alternative if livies are hard to come by.

Casting metal spoons, vibes and surface lures early morning or late afternoon for queenfish, salmon and mackerel.

Rivers

GRUNTER and salmon are producing the best captures in our rivers on live prawns and strips of mullet.

Fish these baits around deeper holes, bends and rock bars.

Most barra are being caught around the mouths and headlands of most rivers with live baiting, plastics and hard bodies that dive two to three meters doing the job.

There are still some quality crabs about. Spending the time to check and move pots around regularly will help to catch yourself a tasty feed.

Ryan Fuller, Whitsunday Fishing world

Dingo Beach/Hydeaway Bay

PERFECT weather, tides and water clarity culminated in an awesome Spanish mackerel bite.

TOP TROUT: Six-year-old Shannon Matthews went to the reef with dad and caught this 69cm coral trout.
TOP TROUT: Six-year-old Shannon Matthews went to the reef with dad and caught this 69cm coral trout.

The mackerel haven't been to fussy, eating largely what ever was put in front of them.

The rest of the inshore pelagic scene has been poking along nicely as well with plenty of tuna, queenfish and trevally being caught.

The tuna haven't been feeding on the surface as one would normally expect. We've been picking them up well down off the surface using a variety of jigs and deep divers.

RIGHT: Gaye Story caught this 67cm pearl perch near Double Cone Island.
RIGHT: Gaye Story caught this 67cm pearl perch near Double Cone Island.

The inshore reef fishing scene has been a little clammed up but we've still been getting a reaction bite out of a few nice trout by either trolling or casting hard body lures.

The trick with using this technique is to make the lures swim as fast as they can.

Shore based anglers haven't been left out of the action either with reports of good quantities of large flathead being caught off most of our local beaches. I enjoy this sort of fishing, It's good therapy to just wander along one of our beautiful beaches on a nice day flicking a few soft plastics around searching for the pockets of fish.

The sou east trades are going to kick in again over the next few days which may hamper opportunities to get at the Spanish Mackerel but the rest of the pelagics should hold things up and hopefully the reef fish should start to eat a little more eagerly as well. 

Mick Underwood, Reel Addiction Sport Fishing


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