Pieter de Klerk presents 25kg of speedster Spanish mackerel caught at the reef with Sea Fever Sportfishing.
Pieter de Klerk presents 25kg of speedster Spanish mackerel caught at the reef with Sea Fever Sportfishing.

Islands producing reef fish


THE islands fished very well for reef fish over the weekend, with good numbers of trout, sweetlip and red throat caught. Most fish seemed to be caught off the fringing reefs and isolated rocks.

A few mackerel were caught but aren't really feeding hard yet. Hopefully the building tides during the week might trigger them to feed.

Fishing the deeper water is producing some quality nannygai.

Larger tides will limit opportunities to fish deep, but the promise of a possible capture of a snapper over the next couple of weeks might be enough encouragement to get out there and give it a try.


THE dam was a little quiet this week and probably won't improve until later in the week leading up to the moon.

Trolling deep divers in the basin will be the best way to find a couple of fish.

Mark any schools of fish you find on the sounder and stick with them.

Persistence is the key here.

Even if the fish aren't feeding, they can be pestered into a reaction bite by dropping plastics or vibes into the school. Getting one fish to bite can excite the rest of the school into feeding.

Rock walls

WITH reports of squid being caught off the rock walls over the weekend the fishing should improve. Fishing live baits of squid, pike or herring should see a nice mix of mackerel, queenfish, salmon, grunter and fingermark.

Those who prefer to throw lures, casting surface lures and metal spoons during the low light periods will entice the pelagics, while soft plastics and vibes during the day should provide a tasty feed of grunter or fingermark.


QUITE a few barra were caught over the weekend with most being caught out of the gutters and shallow rock bars on both plastics and shallow diving hard bodies. Salmon and flathead were a welcome by-catch.

Peeled prawns, lightly weighted, fished with a light drag has resulted in some quality grunter in the deeper holes around the bottom of the tide.

Crabs still seem to be around in good numbers. Remember to be mindful of pot placement due to the larger tides.

Ryan Fuller, Whitsunday Fishing World