TOP CATCH: Six-year-old Reef Underwood landed a solid coral trout with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing last year.
TOP CATCH: Six-year-old Reef Underwood landed a solid coral trout with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing last year.

Barra on this weekend's menu

ROCK WALLS

There are good-quality grunter feeding around the rock walls, taking peeled prawns and garfish fillets.

Fish these baits on a light running sinker rig and a light drag setting.

With barramundi season open, it will be worth fishing live baits at spots like the sailing club and Port of Airlie, with fingermark also available.

Fishing the run-in tide at Cannonvale Beach is still producing whiting and flathead on prawn baits.

SHUTE HARBOUR

Live baits have been the go of late, producing good queenfish, trevally and mackerel.

If lures are your thing, try throwing some metal spoons or surface lures early morning or late afternoon for these fish.

There have been a few squid down there at night.

Small plastics, vibes and spoons are a great way of having fun with the tarpon.

Nat pennisi from Brisbane caught this Spanish mackerel on Thursday at the reef with Sea Fever
Nat pennisi from Brisbane caught this spanish mackerel on Thursday at the reef with Sea Fever

ISLANDS

Pelagic fish are still being caught in good numbers due to the abundance of bait schools.

Casting slugs, spoons, surface lures and plastics around the bait schools should see you hook up. Fishing plastics and metals under the bait has also caught quality fingermark and golden trevally.

Jigging spots like Mackerel Bay and Dolphin Point should produce good Spanish mackerel if you can find where the bait is holding up. Fishing for reef fish is picking up, with better quality fish being caught.

Fishing with as light a sinker as possible using pilchards or flesh baits should reward you with nice trout and sweetlip.

RIVER

Barramundi season is open so the rivers and creeks are going to be pretty busy. Live baiting with prawns and mullet will produce a good mixed bag of salmon, barramundi and grunter.

If barra are the main focus, try using plastics and vibes into the deeper holes, casting lures at tributaries on the last of the run-out and first of the run-in tides. This should hook a few barra and salmon.

Steve landed this beauty of a Spanish mackerel while on charter with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.
Steve landed this beauty of a Spanish mackerel while on charter with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.

PETER FAUST DAM

For those who prefer fresh water, the recent rain should mean the barramundi will start to school up in the main basin of Lake Proserpine.

Using 5-8m divers trolled as slow as possible will produce the goods. Keep an eye on the birds as they will be feeding on the same baitfish as the barra and should give you a head start on locating fish. Focusing efforts around the tide change will also greatly increase the chance of a hook-up.

Dropping plastics and vibes will also produce fish if trolling isn't your preferred technique.

Ryan Fuller, Whitsunday Fishing World

TOP CATCH: This solid tea leaf trevally was David's first ever fish landed while on charter with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.
This solid tea leaf trevally was David's first ever fish landed while on charter with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.

REEF

Some good-size Spanish mackerel were caught out at the reef at the weekend. Dropping jigs and using live baits has been productive.

Coral trout are in good numbers fishing around the reef edges and there's a bit of fun to be had on poppers, with some big giant trevally on the bite.

Plenty of rain and wind has prevented reef trips mid-week but hopefully the weekend forecast looks nicer.

Captain Paul Moran, Sea Fever sportfishing

Darren Keats from mackay with a solid Spanish mackerel caught at the reef this week with Sea Fever.
Darren Keats from Mackay with a solid spanish mackerel caught at the reef with Sea Fever.