TROPHY FISH: Paul Collins from the Sunshine Coast bags a red emperor at the reef on Monday with Sea Fever Sportfishing.
TROPHY FISH: Paul Collins from the Sunshine Coast bags a red emperor at the reef on Monday with Sea Fever Sportfishing. Contributed

‘The rivers are alive’

LIVING up to its name, Mackerel Bay has been yielding good mackerel in numbers and the return to sunny weather has enabled local anglers to reel them in.

Mackerel are best caught on metal jigs and live baits.

Another good spot offshore is Nara Inlet, according to local fishing guru Bob Spees.

On a runout tide, the inlet has been producing ribbon fish and double cones.

Mr Spees says if you are looking at targeting bottom feeders such as trout, the fringing reefs are the place to head - try using pilchards to land trout.

"This will improve as the tides get better," he said.

The islands off Shute Harbour have been very good for finger mark and Shute Harbour public jetty has been fishing well for queen fish, giant trevally and blue bone.

Mr Spees said not to leave your squid jig at home as there were still a few around Shute Harbour.

"The rock walls off Abell Point Marina have been fishing well for queenfish and GT's too. But the main fish they are getting is grunter," he said.

Mr Spees said grunter loved peeled prawns and garfish fillets.

All the rivers have been fishing really well also, including the Proserpine River.

"The rivers have been alive with grunter. A really good bait is ribbon fish fillets," Mr Spees said.

The crabs have been a bit slow in the rivers and there have been reports of undersized animals being caught, but people have been getting them.

Blue salmon are also being caught in the Proserpine River.

Mr Spees says the Peter Faust dam is still fishing well for barramundi along the weed beds on soft plastics and deep diving lures along the edges.

"Its incredible they are still firing with the cold weather," he said.


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