SNAPPER SNAP: Shaun Motherfole landed this snapper at the reef with Renegade Fishing Charters.
SNAPPER SNAP: Shaun Motherfole landed this snapper at the reef with Renegade Fishing Charters. Contributed

Winds finally slow

THE winds have slowed so it's time to hit the water.

Local fishing guru Bob Spees said the outer islands had been seeing some good fishing.

"They've been getting some nice mackerel around Mackerel Bay and Dolphin Point, along with some nice schools of tuna and a few billfish popping their heads up," he said.

Mr Spees recommends using small metal slugs for your tuna, and ribbon fish or high-speed hard-bodies for your mackerel.

He said the fringing reefs had seen coral trout, grassy sweetlip and bluebone caught of late.

"The best bait for your bluebone is fresh prawns or crabs, and for your trout try pilchards on the lightest sinker possible," Mr Spees said.

The shoals have been working well on the morning tides, with Mr Spees recommending anglers target nannygai and red emperor on squid.

The rockwalls around Shute Harbour have been producing some nice trevally and queenfish, with a few small schools of mackerel around as well, Mr Spees said.

"The best bait there is your live herring or your stick baits just on daylight," he said.

Shute Harbour has also been a hot spot for squid after dark.

Cannonvale Beach on the run-in tide is a great place to give the kids a go this week, particularly for flathead and whiting.

Mr Spees said Abell Point rockwalls had been quiet of late, but there were still a few small giant trevally and the odd grunter around.

In the rivers, Mr Spees recommends heading out in the morning, with "quite a few" juvenile barramundi being caught.

"The best thing for them is your live prawns or using weedless soft plastics in the snags," he said.

Proserpine Dam has been fishing well this week as well. "Mainly near the river mouth using soft plastics," Mr Spees said.

"And don't forget your crab pots - they're still getting some nice crabs."

The Whitsunday Game Fish Club's Mackerel Muster will begin this Friday night and will continue throughout the weekend.

For more information see tomorrow's Whitsunday Times (July 9).


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