CORAL CATCH: Zane Williams landed this coral trout while fishing around the Whitsunday islands.
CORAL CATCH: Zane Williams landed this coral trout while fishing around the Whitsunday islands.

Weekend set to be fine fishing

ISLANDS

With more run in the tides, pelagics should come back on the bite.

Try Mackerel Bay on a run out tide, jigging the bait schools or setting live baits deep, for mackerel.

Also try Edward Island, Dolphin Point or Nara Inlet, on a run out tide.

There were reports of a black marlin caught over the weekend.

Try targeting the fringing reefs for some nice coral trout.

Don't forget your squid jig.

In Shute Harbour, there have been some nice queenfish, giant trevally and schoolie mackerel.

ROCK WALLS

The rock walls have been fishing quite well this week for grunter and fingermark.

They can be caught mainly on live herring, or small live squid if you can get them.

Bob Spees

Whitsunday Fishing World

 

RIVER

The river fished quite well over the past weekend with some good threadfin salmon, grunter and barra being caught.

However, with the big new moon tides it will make for difficult fishing conditions.

Try targeting times when the tidal movement is slack.

However, these big tides will make for some good crabbing conditions.

DAM

The dam has been fishing quite slowly over the past week due to the cooler mornings and windy days.

However, there is still the odd barra being trolled up in the basin area.

The big weed point on the south-east side of the dam is producing a few fish late in the evening and into the night.

However, the majority of fish seem to be in the deeper water which is unusual for this time of year.

Dayne Thompson

Barra World

 

REEF

This weekend looks to be another beauty with light winds forecast.

The tides are building towards the new moon which is a great time to be targeting pelagic fish such as mackerel, tuna and big GT.

The water temperature has dropped further which is keeping the sharks a little more lethargic in chasing hooked fish.

Those bigger tides make fishing the deeper shoals a little tougher, but if you work around the slack tide periods you should still be able to find a feed.

Ash Matthews

Sea Fever Sportfishing


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