Tough time to cast your line
THE rock walls have produced some nice grunter feeding mainly on prawns.
Try places like Whisper Bay rock wall along with the Sailing Club rock wall using prawns during the run in tides. Also try using hard body lures and metal slugs for queenfish and GTs.
PROSERPINE River will be very hard to fish, so best is to go crabbing. With the big tide run remember to secure your pots very well as they will roll and become snagged if left for too long.
Fish the run-out tides and looking for small gutters and tributaries as most of these will have prawns and small bait fish coming from them.
These should see king salmon feeding on the prawns.
Casting small plastics and plastic vibes would work well. There are also nice prawns being caught around New Beach, Conway and Wilsons Beach.
SHUTE Harbour. Fishing the mainland mangrove areas well into the snags should see good results for mangrove jack using mullet fillets and half pilchard with a very small amount of lead if any, floating your baits well into the root system.
Berley works very well to entice these fish, keep your berley up to the fish during the run-in tide.
Around the outer islands will be very difficult, so you will have to find back eddies around the islands to target bottom fish like coral trout, sweetlip and tusk fish.
Pelagic fishing around the edges of the island points using deep divers is worth trying for mackerel.
There have been some nice GTs getting about so poppers around the fringing reef should work well.
Bob Spees, Whitsunday Fishing World
PETER FAUST DAM
WITH the recent rain the dam has been fishing very well and especially with the lead up to the full moon should get even better.
Fishing the edges of the dam and weed beds using soft plastics and surface lures has been working well as the fish are moving around the shallows feeding on the food being washed in from the shore.
Trolling hard body lures in the basin is the other technique producing quality fish. Shorter lures with large profiles like Dr Evil, Poltergeists and Arashi have been the pick of the lures but anything that runs in the five to eight metre range will also catch fish.
Ryan Fuller, Whitsunday Fishing World
FISHING prior to the wet and windy conditions were good at the reef.
Surface fishing for pelagics has improved with quiet a few mackerel, GTs and cobia showing up.
Lots of squid are around at the reef also so if your out overnight be prepared for catching a few squid. They make great live baits and also a tasty feed!
Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sportfishing