CRACKING COD: Local lad Tommy Lowcock with an impressive gold spot cod landed while on charter with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.
CRACKING COD: Local lad Tommy Lowcock with an impressive gold spot cod landed while on charter with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.

Pelagics still on the chew

FISHING conditions are looking excellent for the weekend with predictions of 10 knot winds for Saturday and 10-15 knots for Sunday.

ISLANDS

AROUND the islands there have been good reports of coral trout, grassy sweetlip and blue tusk fish, fishing the fringing reefs.

Very little run in the tides is expected and the only thing we have to worry about is the neap (tide) so plenty of water.

Pelagics are still about with mackerel being taken on live baits and jigging metal jigs around places like Mackerel Bay, Leaper Shoal and Edward Island.

There are also good numbers of cobia about so start a berley trail while anchored and float baits through the trail for best results.

Red emperor and nannygai will be high on the list this weekend.

Fishing the shoals with squid and cuttle fish is the best bet

BABY BLUEY: Bodhie Vella-Hassell with a baby blue tusk fish caught at Happy Bay on Sunday.
Bodhie Vella-Hassell with a baby blue tusk fish caught at Happy Bay on Sunday. Peter Carruthers

RIVERS

THE Proserpine River will be one of the target spots this weekend with the small tides and the water a little clearer.

Try trolling places like Flying Fox and the breakthrough with 3m to 5m diving lures.

Live baits like poddy mullet and live prawns should also work well for those barramundi, king salmon and grunter.

Don't forget to take along a couple of pots as there are a few crabs about.

Michael Jones, caught himself a blue tusk fish off boat ramp Port of Airlie on a 3kg rod and 1/2 local prawn. Was nearly spooled twice and he worked him back, great catch on light gear.
Michael Jones with a blue tusk fish that he reeled in off the Port of Airlie boat ramp on a 3kg rod with a 1/2 local prawn. He was nearly spooled twice but worked the fish back to claim a great catch on light gear.

ROCK WALLS

THE rock wall around Airlie has been fishing very well for barramundi, grunter and tusk fish with best baits being prawns.

For those chasing barramundi, first light and early evenings are best with live mullet and 10+ hard-body lures like gold streak Killalure.

DAMS

TROLLING in the main basin would be the best best. Peter Faust Dam is fishing okay with fish being taken in the main basin on deep divers trolled very slow.

Casting along the edges of the weed beds are also okay using soft plastics such as Squidgies but you will have to put the time in.

Bob Spees, Whitsunday Fishing World

Jodie Cowin with a nice nannygai landed while on charter with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.
Jodie Cowin with a nice nannygai landed while on charter with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.

REEF

SOME good conditions over the last week although there were big tides at the reef. Some reasonable catches have been reported with trout around the reef edges and some good nannygai on the slack tide.

There are plenty of tuna schools around most reefs.

These are predominantly mac tuna (good for bait) but if you're lucky you can catch a long tail tuna which are good eating.

You need to ensure you bleed them and ice down immediately after capture to maintain that excellent eating quality.

The week ahead looks good with calm winds predicted for the weekend and smaller tides.

Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sport Fishing