RIGHT: Reef Underwood with a Tea Leaf Trevally caught jigging a soft vibe.
RIGHT: Reef Underwood with a Tea Leaf Trevally caught jigging a soft vibe. Mick Underwood

Recent rain's great for anglers

Rivers and creeks

With all this recent rain, it has stirred the creeks up and making the creeks fish really well.

The small coastal creeks around Airlie have been fishing well with great numbers of jacks being caught with the odd barramundi, the best ways to target the mangrove jacks is with half pilchards or mullet fillets on the in coming tide.

Crabbing in the small creeks and bays has also been good with the rain getting the crabs on the move.

Proserpine river has lots of crabs running at the moment with great reports from after this rain down around the front of the creek. With last week's big tides in the river the barra fishing in the river has been a bit hard. The tides at the moment have gotten smaller and is a great time to go chase a barramundi in the Proserpine River.

Rock walls/shore based

The rock walls have been fishing well with some good size grunter being caught from most rock walls at the moment.

The best way of catching a grunter is fishing prawns on a running sinker rig on the incoming tide.

Anglers who have been live baiting the rock walls have been running into a few barra and mangrove jacks as they are loving all this rain at the moment which has also been fishing best on the incoming tide.

Shute Harbour has had a few queenfish and trevally being caught by guys using live herring which are easily caught with a cast net or a bait jig.


The islands have also been fishing well with great reports of good size coral trout showing up around the fringing reef on most islands.

Fishing on the outgoing tide seems to be producing the best trout. Spanish mackerel have been showing up with a few reports of anglers catching some great Spanish around the 15-20kg range and have been biting best on live baits and deep diving lures.

Squid have also started to show up around the islands in good numbers which are a fun and easy option.

In the deeper water around the islands reports of jewfish and nannygai have been good. there has also been a few sailfish reported around the area as well which may be worth a try while you're out having a fish.

Bob Spees, Whitsunday Fishing World

Dingo Beach/ Hydeaway Bay

It's good to see the rains ease off a little and the breeze move back to the east and allowing anglers back out onto the water.

Up in the creeks a few mud crabs are still being caught but the quality has slackened off with most people getting a few floaters in amongst their catch.

Reports are coming in that the prawns have gone a little quieter as well, that should hopefully fire up again as we move closer to the new moon.

Out in the bay and around the islands the recent run of huge tides and heavy rain have dirtied the water up making the pelagic fishing difficult but we've still been managing to get plenty of trevally off the bottom using various jigs.

The reefy areas around Saddleback Island and Georges Point have been performing the most consistently for Coral Trout, the ebb tide out in this area has been when the best bites have happened.

It's that time of the year to check that your squid lights are good to go as there should be plenty around at night over the next few weeks.

Try targeting these guys over some of our deeper rubble patches so that you can send one or two down as live baits for a big fingermark.

Mick Underwood, Reel Addiction Sport Fishing Charters

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