A BEAUTY: Kate Hindle caught this 45cm nannygai while fishing in the Whitsunday Passage.
A BEAUTY: Kate Hindle caught this 45cm nannygai while fishing in the Whitsunday Passage. Contributed

Use heavy gear for big GTs off Shute Harbour

LOCAL fishing guru Bob Spees is suggesting anglers rig their rods with heavy gear to land big GTs from the Shute Harbour jetty.

"Early morning has some big GTs cruising around the herring schools under the jetty," he said.

"Queenfish and mackerel are also feeding on the bait schools with some nice sweetlip fishing the bottom."

Mr Spees said there had also been reports of nice grunter being taken on garfish fillets and peeled prawns around the rock walls off Abell Point Marina.

If you plan to get the boat in the water this weekend Mr Spees suggested Nara Inlet on the run out tide.

"The main target has been Spanish mackerel with some fish reported around the 30 kg mark," he said.

Double Cones on the north west reef and Dolphin Point while jigging and trolling have also been fishing well.

Mr Spees said Mackerel Bay was the pick on the run out tide.

"Try using metal jigs into the bait schools," he said.

If you are after bottom fish there have been plenty of sweet lip and coral trout being landed around the fringing reefs.

"Jew fish have also been on the bite around the deep holes at South Molle and Long Island, using fresh squid and ribbon fish slabs," Mr Spees said.

Also, the outer islands have seen an increase in tuna schools.

The Peter Faust dam has been a little slow but fish are still being caught trolling the main basin and along the edge of the weed beds using deep diving lures.

Mr Spees reports plenty of grunter coming in from all the creeks and rivers this week.

The best baits when trying to land a grunter are prawns and ribbon fish fillets.

Though they have slowed down there are a few crabs still about so keep your pot handy.

Try small metal lures for blue salmon, prawns and poddy mullet for king salmon.


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