BARRA GAL: Hannah Brown landed this 70cm barramundi in the Proserpine River last week.
BARRA GAL: Hannah Brown landed this 70cm barramundi in the Proserpine River last week. Contributed

Wind and rain an angler’s bane

IT HAS been another unfavourable week for Whitsunday anglers according to local fishing guru Bob Spees.

Mr Spees said the weekend's wild weather had made it hard to record a catch, but the future was looking brighter.

"Once we get off this full moon, the islands should be okay for trout in around the fringing reefs," he said.

Prior to the rain, Mr Spees said there were strong numbers of mackerel around.

"They're mainly biting on ribbonfish," he said.

"Try places like Nara Inlet on a run out tide, Edward Island has got quite a lot, and there was also quite a lot around Leaper Shoal."

The islands have also seen a few cobia turning up of late.

"A couple of people have made the mistake of thinking they're sharks and cut their line," Mr Spees said.

"So always double check and make sure it's a cobia."

Shute Harbour has been the place to be this week, escaping the worst of the weather.

"There's still plenty of bait down there," Mr Spees said.

"They're getting ribbonfish at night, along with tarpon."

Anglers can also try targeting queenfish and mackerel just on dusk or early in the morning.

"And they're also getting some good grassy sweetlip."

The rock walls were hit by the worst of the wind, making it difficult to cast a line.

Whisper Bay however has still seen a few trout landed from the walkway.

"And they're getting a couple of grunter along there as well," Mr Spees said.

Anglers able to get their hands on some live bait will have a better chance around the rock walls as well.

"There's good size queenfish along there, but you really need live bait," Mr Spees said.

The recent wet could prove a boon for river fishers, Mr Spees said.

"This bit of fresh water hopefully should stir the crabs up even more," he said.

"They're still getting some nice ones."

The river mouth has seen some nice bream, whiting and blue salmon.

"And up on the flats, further up the river, they're getting nice king salmon," Mr Spees said. "Your best bait there is live poddy mullet or prawns."

There's not much to report at the dam this week, with the weather keeping catches down.

"The best thing they can do there is to target the edge of the weed beds for the odd barramundi," Mr Spees said.


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