WELL, we certainly can’t complain about the weather over the school holiday period.
There were plenty of opportunities to get out on the water and, by all reports, there was some pretty good fishing happening.
As usual, the sharks were a problem, taking hooked fish both out wide and around the islands especially in the deeper areas.
But other than that, there was a good mix of fish on the chew with nannies and reds around in the deep and plenty of trout and red throat out at the reef.
The islands have been fishing well all year for trout, sweeties, fingermark and all the species you get in close and there’s a few Spanish showing up in close, too.
There’s been quite a few squid around and this dark moon period should be a good time to chase them although the wind is coming up a bit this week.
The rivers and creeks have been producing with quite a few barra getting caught and there’s also some threadies, grunter and jacks around the creeks too.
It’s a good time of the year for the grunter and most of the local rivers and creeks hold them.
They are commonly caught around any rocks or shale bottoms around the mouth areas but can also be caught from the beaches.
The beaches will start fishing better for whiting and flathead now too.
As I’ve mentioned the last couple of weeks, there’s been some quality mud crabs around and with the larger tides at the moment, it’s a good time to chase a few.
The lake has been fishing OK but if the weather starts to cool off this week the fishing will be a bit tough, while the southerlies are blowing.
We have the new moon coming up this week so the tides will be building, so places like the Proserpine River will be tough for fishing but, by this time next week, it will be better.
Some of the other local creeks aren’t affected so much by the big tides so they’ll probably be the better places for a fish, as it looks like the southeasters are going to blow for a bit.