QLD Fishing Report
Brought to you by Compleat Angler Mackay:
Our Northerly wind have been consistent this past week indicating summer is with us, and the late afternoon thunderstorms are starting to build which will have a positive impact on our fish catches and better again for the muddies. At the moment small baitfish have surfaced which the schools of spotty and school mackerel along with Mack tuna are freely feeding on. Keep the spinning lures 3-4cm in length and 20-30gm in weight casting over the schools where possible let them sink for 5-8 seconds then crank like billyo. Preferred lure colours have been white, mackerel blue or pilchard. The closest you can match the hatch (bait colour and size) the more fun it’ll be. The dams continue to frustrate anglers, recent tournaments on Kinchart and Teemburra saw size and numbers down, that’s very surprising when you had the calibre of anglers that fished. The opportunity to catch whiting in the Pioneer River is still a good one with lobby as preferred bait on a #4 or #2 long shank hook. Further offshore before the inner reefs, the current lines along the shipping channel from the Whitsundays down past Mackay are providing some great billfish action at the moment. Trolled mullet or gar for the blacks and sailfish otherwise trolling 150mm black/purple skirted pushers for the blacks or pink/silver/lumo colours for the sails. As you read this the Mackay Gamefishing Club have run and finished there Harbour tournament this weekend and I have no doubt that the billfish population would have come in for a lot of attention.