After fishing Mackay for a few days of donuts and then the harbour of Airlie Beach for more donuts, i looked for a new spot closer to the Whitsunday Islands. After some major bushwalking i arrived at a beach made up of coral and the sun made an appearance on an otherwise overcast and rainy day.
The rocks where hard to reach on high tide and i could only make it to the first ledge of four ledges. The next 4 hours i tried to catch some live bait in the form of garfish, herring or a fusilier but all i could get was colorful reef fish. Eventually i gave up and started spinning lures.
Around lunchtime i saw some big fish busting up some gars on the far ledge and now the tide had dropped about 3 meters, i packed up my stuff and moved over to the spot i saw the action. Immediately i caught some five spot gars which are different to the one's we get down south and are highly regarded as bait.
The first gar got hit not long after i sent him out but all i got was a twisted wire leader and some marks on the garfish.
The second gar went out and once i was happy with the drift i started spinning lures again as well. About an hour later the live bait went off and as soon as i set the hook, a nice size Queenfish leapt out of the water and after some more aerial acrobatics i gaffed the queenie with my trusty Hook'em gaff.
I was very happy to have caught another new species of gamefish off the
rocks and it was time to pack up too before the big tide would cut me