CORAL KEEPER: Dean Mullin holds aloft an awesome coral trout caught with Whitsunday Fishing Charters.
CORAL KEEPER: Dean Mullin holds aloft an awesome coral trout caught with Whitsunday Fishing Charters. Contributed

Full moon makes fishing new game

THE full moon is set for Friday, March 6, causing a few changes to the approach local fishers should take to angling over the next week.

Local fishing guru Bob Spees said the switch in the cycle would make landing a catch among the islands more difficult.

"During the last week there was plenty of nanny gai and some nice red emperor," he said.

"The full moon is going to make it harder but there's still a few spanish mackerel and cobia, and a few billfish have been seen."

For bottom fishing, Mr Spees recommended trying the fringing reefs in 10-15m water with coral trout and grassy sweet lip being caught in the area.

The best bait at the moment will be pilchards and squid.

Mr Spees also has a quick tip for anyone catching squid around their boat while out among the islands.

"Try putting a live one on the bottom for finger mark," Mr Spees said.

Closer to home, the Airlie Beach rockwall and marina entrances have been getting some good mangrove jack, barramundi and grunter over the last week.

"Try live mullet at night and early in the morning for the barra and jacks," Mr Spees said.

Peeled prawns or garfish fillets are best for grunter.

Shute Harbour has seen some decent catch over the last week as well.

"There's plenty of squid at night, and during the day they're getting giant trevally and queen fish on live herring and surface stick baits," Mr Spees said.

The Proserpine River should respond well to the impending full moon Mr Spees said.

"With the full moon the river has got some nice king salmon, and try fishing the shallow banks on a running tide with live baits and plastic vibes," he said.

The dam is also expected to produce well during the full moon cycle, with Mr Spees recommending trolling the main basin.

"With the full moon, trolling the main basin with 5m divers should work well," Mr Spees said.

And a small tip for barra fishing, try live mullet not marlin, as marlin are hard to keep alive.

However we've heard of some interesting attempts.

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