GREAT CATCH: Heath Kiernan with a cracker coral trout caught with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.
GREAT CATCH: Heath Kiernan with a cracker coral trout caught with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.

Rivers yielding good grunter

Dingo Beach/ Hydeaway Bay

SOLID south-east trade winds have restricted fishing to mostly inshore over the last week and it looks like the same conditions are going to persist over the next few days.

The shallow inshore reefs are still producing a few trout and good numbers of sweetlip. Try targeting the edges of reefs or rubble patches to single out the bigger lippers.

The same sort of country is producing some good school mackerel. Trolling hard bodies or working plastics in a quick erratic fashion is bringing these fish undone.

Not too many reports of good fish coming from the estuaries but the muddies are making up for it.

Make sure you're using long super-light leaders to tempt a bite from these from flathead and whiting.

Mick Underwood, Reel Addiction Sport Fishing


THERE are good reports of reef fish being caught around the islands - coral trout, sweetlip and blue tusk fish have been in good numbers - taking pilchards, squid and strip baits in water around the 5-15m mark. If the water cleans up with the smaller tides the mackerel should start to bite a bit better.

Trolling seems to be the best technique for chasing mackerel as it allows you to cover ground and find where the fish are feeding. The weekend tides will be favourable for those wishing to fish the deeper water for red emperor and nannygai.


CRABS are still being caught in reasonable numbers. Checking pots regularly and moving them around the system will help towards putting a few more crabs in the Esky.

Grunter and salmon have been the more active fish being caught in the rivers. Using prawn or mullet baits around rock bars and drains should provide a great feed.


PETER Faust Dam has been quiet over the last week. Trolling 5-8m divers as slow as possible is still producing some good barra.

Venturing up into the sticks and working the shallow weed beds on the edges or among the trees should provide slightly better chances at finding some active fish looking for those warmer water areas that can be found in these back areas.

Ryan Fuller, Whitsunday Fishing World