Rain’s ruinous for fishermen
THE weekend's weather saw many a sad angler in the Whitsundays, but things are looking up this week according to local fishing guru Bob Spees.
"The weather hasn't been kind to us but the early forecast for the weekend is looking very good," he said.
Dolphin Point has had mackerel, along with longtail and mack tuna.
Meanwhile, Mackerel Bay has seen strong bait schools.
"That's well worth trying with metal jigs," Mr Spees said.
The islands have recorded trout, "but not in big numbers".
"Most of the trout are being found in the shallower waters around the islands using either soft plastics or pilchards," Mr Spees said.
Double Cone Island has seen some nice mackerel caught trolling ribbonfish.
"And they've been getting some nice trout on the eastern side between the two cones," Mr Spees said.
Closer to shore, Shute Harbour Jetty is fishing well for queenfish, along with mackerel and grassy sweetlip, on live herring.
The rock walls have been producing under expectations this week.
"They've been a little quiet but they're still getting a few grunter," Mr Spees said.
"A bit of a stir up in the water should bring the grunter back on the bite again."
Mr Spees recommends peeled prawns or garfish strips.
In the river, the main target species has also been grunter, with Mr Spees again recommending prawns or ribbonfish.
Also try using metal spoons or vibes for king salmon and blue salmon.
"And it's still worth dropping a crab pot in there," Mr Spees said.
The dam has been quiet over the past week.
Mr Spees recommends trolling deep divers along the edges of the weed beds, warning it was a quiet time of year.
"But with the moon building it's still worth having a run up there," he said.
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