BLUE BAGGED: Tim Smith with a cracker blue bone caught on rod and reel around the islands.
BLUE BAGGED: Tim Smith with a cracker blue bone caught on rod and reel around the islands. Contributed

Whitsunday fishing back to firing form

AFTER a run of wild weather, the Whitsundays is back to its fishing best according to local fishing guru Bob Spees.

Out around the islands, Mr Spees said the main target over the weekend had been trout around the fringing reefs.

"The mackerel are there too but they're very touchy," he said.

"Just keep going and their mood should change."

Mr Spees said Mackerel Bay was the best spot he had heard of over the weekend, "with some nice mackerel being caught".

"The main thing there was live fusiliers," he said.

Those chasing mackerel can also try targeting Double Cone Island, with the best bet being ribbonfish.

"And there were also some very good trout out there," Mr Spees said.

The shoals however proved somewhat hit and miss.

"The shoals again were pretty patchy with your reds," Mr Spees said.

"People were getting a mixture of nannygai and coral trout fishing the deeper water."

Mr Spees also advised boaties heading out around the islands that whales had been spotted in large numbers this week, warning them to keep their distance.

Shute Harbour Jetty proved something of a "hot spot" this week, Mr Spees said.

"They're getting queenfish, mackerel and quite a few blue bone down there," he said.

"Those have been getting caught on live herring."

The Whitsunday Sailing Club rock wall has been back on the bite this week as well.

"They're also getting queenfish along there with some nice grunter and the occasional finger mark," Mr Spees said.

Somewhat unusually, Cannonvale Beach also proved a winner this weekend.

"It has been fishing quite well on a run-in tide for whiting with good numbers reported there," Mr Spees said.

The Proserpine River saw anglers smiling this week as well.

"The Prossie River has been fishing quite reasonably for king salmon and blue salmon," Mr Spees said.

"And there have been good numbers of grunter caught along the muscle beds."

Crabs were also a winning prospect, with Mr Spees encouraging anglers to give it a go this week.

"Those who did venture out got very good mud crabs in some good numbers after that bit of rain," he said.

The good fishing didn't extend to the dam however, with Mr Spees describing it as "very, very quiet".

"There's fish up there but they're sitting very deep," he said.

"The only way they can do that is with large soft plastics and jigging them.

"Most of the fish are showing up around the 10 metre mark."


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