QLD Fishing Report

Brought to you by Compleat Angler Mackay:

Mackay anglers are still fortunate to have the mackerel and tuna schools feeding close inshore despite the unfavourable sea conditions. At least the outdoor temperature has cooled and with the tides dropping back, that makes life a bit more bearable. We need 50-70mm of rain to revitalize the creeks and rivers, thus giving the prawns and crabs a kick start which will put us in good stead for the festive season. Anglers who set their alarm clocks early to fish at first light from the Harbour Breakwater were rewarded with good catches of school and spotty mackerel, late afternoon works but not as rewarding. Longtail tuna (northern bluefin) have emptied a few lightly filled spools so a minimum of 150m x 15kg (30lb) in mono or braid is what’s required. Lures of choice are live baits or metal vibes. If you need to take a longtail tuna home can I suggest sashimi, or put the fillets through a fish smoker to get a different taste, you’ll be surprised at the result. Creek wise grunter, flathead, whiting and a few salmon have showed up for the bait anglers using gar, ribbonfish strips and a good quality prawn. Black spot tusk fish is a bonus on any trip, a few have been nailed from Slade Island and the Islands of Seaforth. The choice bait is fresh prawn or black rock crabs. A new lure, “fish candy smash crab” which won awards at the recent Australian fishing tackle show has been used for these freight trains and so far, holding up to expectations. While last weekends Gamefishing outing was postponed due to the forecast, when the seas allow us offshore, bait schools in the current lines is where you’ll find the billfish.

Good Luck.

Bruce Nash

Compleat Angler Mackay - Nashy's Store