WHAT A FISH: Paul Moran from Sea Fever Sportfishing holds up this quality Spanish mackerel taken at the reef this week.
WHAT A FISH: Paul Moran from Sea Fever Sportfishing holds up this quality Spanish mackerel taken at the reef this week.

Holiday tips for local anglers

ROCK WALLS

We have a bunch of tips for kids looking to wet a line these school holidays.

Just off the Cannonvale Beach near the stinger net, there had been whiting and flathead taking baits of peeled prawns and beach worms.

Also with the kids in mind, try Wilsons Beach and Conway on a rising tide for whiting and Hydeaway Bay has been fishing well for whiting and flathead.

Shute Harbour had been yielding big queen fish and school mackerel in the early morning and late afternoon.

 

ISLANDS

Check out Unsafe Passage and try landing a Spanish mackerel as there have been reports of bait fish sitting in the passage which the mackerel had been feeding on.

If you are looking at targeting bottom feeders there have been reports of good sized trout being caught around the fringing reefs using pilchards and soft plastics.

- Bob Spees,

Whitsunday Fishing World

REEF

Some mixed weather conditions over the last week with glass calm conditions on the water allowing many to make the trip to the reef chasing a feed. Coral trout are still making up the bulk of the catches off the bottom with fish up to 60cm reported.

The next week as the tides build to the new moon will be mackerel time. The lead up to the dark moon is the best one of the month and the mackerel will be feeding throughout the day. Finding clean water on the pressure points of the reef will be the spot to be trolling rigged garfish and hard bodied lures.

- Ash Matthews,

Sea Fever Sportfishing

Stephanie Verhaagen with a golden spotted cod caught on Geoff Jacksons Fishing Charters at Narra inlet.
Stephanie Verhaagen with a golden spotted cod caught on Geoff Jacksons Fishing Charters at Narra inlet.

DAM

The fishing in the dam has been good considering the time of year.

This is due to the warmer conditions and things will get harder with the cooler weather. The barra are still being caught in the main basin trolling deep-diving lures and also around the weed edges later in the morning when the water starts to warm.

The Keitech Swing Impacts soft plastics have been working well in these areas.

RIVER

There were a few good salmon caught in the river earlier this week and live mullet and prawn bait is the best way to get them.

As the tides get larger there will be a good opportunity to chase grunter off the rocks just up from the boat ramp.

- Lindsay Dobe,

Barra World

 

Brian Turnbull with a lovely Golden Trevally caught just outside Abel Point Marina.
Brian Turnbull with a lovely Golden Trevally caught just outside Abel Point Marina.

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