Pedro Echegary with a lure caught gold spot cod landed while on charter with Reel Addiction Sportfishing.
Pedro Echegary with a lure caught gold spot cod landed while on charter with Reel Addiction Sportfishing.

Bag limit hit with coral trout

SHUTE HARBOUR JETTY

There are plenty of herring about with GTs, queenfish and barramundi feeding on the schools, also at night there are plenty of squid chasing the schools along with some tarpon.

 

Kim Lorentzen from Toowoomba caught and released this solid giant trevally at the reef last week while on charter with Sea Fever Sportfishing.
Kim Lorentzen caught and released this solid GT while on charter with Sea Fever Sportfishing.

ISLANDS

Heading to the islands there have been plenty of coral trout on the bite.

Coral trout have been caught by most anglers over the past week with plenty of people catching their bag limit using half a pilchard with a small amount of lead around the fringing reefs.

Sweetlip and tusk fish have also been caught on prawns and crabs, there are loads of squid around the islands with hot spots being Stonehaven, South Molle and inner islands around Shute Harbour.

There have also been reports of some nice nannygai caught around Pinnacle Point, the outer shoals and Edward Island.

 

BEAUTIFUL BOUNTY: This 4.5kg Coral trout was caught this week by Carly from the UK off Hook Island with Fishing Whitsundays Pro Cat.
This 4.5kg coral trout was caught this week by Carly from the UK off Hook Island with Fishing Whitsundays Pro Cat.

RIVER

Moving upstream the Proserpine River has been yielding both fish and crabs.

The river has seen some nice barramundi being caught around flying fox, the break through and Repulse Bay.

The best baits have been live mullet and trolling five metre diving lures.

Mud crabs have also been about so don't forget your pots.

There are still some nice prawns about which are good baits live for king salmon and grunter.

 

Dylan Beale with a good sized fish landed while fishing in the Whitsundays.
Dylan Beale with a good sized fish landed while fishing in the Whitsundays.

PETER FAUST DAM

Fishing at Lake Proserpine however has not been so great.

The dam has been a little slow with only the odd fish being caught.

This should improve as the moon starts to build.

ROCK WALLS

For land based anglers fishing from Airlie's rock walls it is all about timing.

The rock wall is fishing quite well but you need to be there very early morning on daylight being the best time for barramundi, mangrove jack and fingermark.

Try live baits, Ecooda prawns or hard body lures in the 10+ range.

Bob Spees, Whitsunday Fishing World

 

Pedro Echegary with a nice golden trevally caught while on charter with Reel Addiction Sportfishing.
Pedro Echegary with a nice golden trevally caught while on charter with Reel Addiction Sportfishing.

REEF

There were super conditions for a trip to the reef over the last weekend and it was great to see so many anglers heading out in search of a feed.

Good reports of all species taken including red emperor, nannygai, coral trout and sweetlip making up the catches.

This coming week sees the winds picking up somewhat which may stop most venturing out to the reef.

Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sportfishing

 

Mick Maris with one fat coral trout guestimated to be about 7kgs and caught while on charterwith Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.
Mick Maris with one fat coral trout guestimated to be about 7kg. Caught while on charter with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.