Tide perfect before full moon
PRETTY steady winds have kept most away from the reef and taking the option of fishing around the islands.
Those diehard fishos who made the effort to go out were rewarded with a good bag of mixed reef fish.
Good redthroat are still being taken in the shallows and trout can be found in the deeper water beyond 30m, although they're still very scattered.
This week ahead has good tides prior to the build-up to the full moon.
Ash Matthews, Sea Fever Sportfishing
GRUNTER are starting to show up in good numbers and are being caught on lightly weighted peeled prawn and fish strip baits.
Live baits are still producing a few barra, with some good salmon also being caught off the Whisper Bay and Port of Airlie walls.
There are still reports of good whiting being caught during the run-in tide off Cannonvale Beach and Hydeaway Bay.
There has also been some quality flathead being caught in these areas.
Be mindful that dusky flathead have a maximum size limit of 70cm and must be released.
AROUND the fringing reefs, a few trout are starting to bite along with sweetlip and tuskfish.
Tiger squid are starting to make an appearance around the area so it pays to have a jig ready on a small handline for when they pop up.
There were some good catches of jewfish and red emperor at the weekend.
Hopefully with the smaller tides and cleaner water, nannygai, red emperor and jewfish will add variety in the deeper water, along with the redthroat emperor that have been quite abundant around the islands the past couple of weeks.
THERE have been some good catches of grunter and king salmon around the mussel beds on live prawns and mullet.
Trolling the breakthrough with deep diving lures is working well on the barra, as is working vibes and soft plastics through the deeper holes.
Smaller tides will also allow those who prefer to cast lures the opportunity to work the snag along the banks with shallow running lures or plastics rigged weedless.
Bob Spees, Whitsunday Fishing World
Dingo Beach/Hydeaway Bay
SOME good, consistent shallow-water fishing in the past week, with the majority of good fish coming from less than 8m of water.
Most of the deeper country is still shut down post-TC Debbie, with the water still being filthy.
There are good schools of herring moving around close to the mainland.
Trolling hard body lures nice and fast and close to the bottom has been the most productive technique.
This has been producing scores of school mackerel, with the occasional gold trevally, gold spot cod and coral trout.
More heavy winds are forecast in the coming days, so the same tactics will be used to stay out of the heavy seas and keep the fish coming on board.
Mick Underwood, Reel Addiction Sport Fishing