QLD Fishing Report

Brought to you by Compleat Angler Mackay:

Locally we have had some welcomed rain over the festive break although while outlying areas have had more, we will see that water work its way to the coast where the benefits will be felt. Our first drop of rain this month saw the big male crabs on the move, lucky you if you had the pots set, and they were full of meat as well. Christmas week saw the size and numbers drop but a new moon a couple of days ago saw a slight increase in numbers also creek prawns reacted to the conditions as well. There hasn’t been many days recently when an offshore trip was comfortable but when anglers managed it, Spanish mackerel from Singapore Rock, nannygai, sweetlips, trevally and the odd trout were taken drift jigging the channel. Active Gamefishing club members have managed to tag and release a handful of sailfish while working the offshore current lines. 2016 was a year when we had a prolific run of grunter and flathead while whiting were an overall disappointment. Late in the year Spotty mackerel made many anglers smile when nothing else was on tap also barra from Peter Faust Dam saw metre fish common place, Kinchant Dam produced many PB’s while Eungella is still the sooty capital also Teemburra Dam produced the best variety. For the first couple of months in 2017 we can look forward the grunter and barra migration into the creeks and for anglers who like to live bait prawn or small mullet, mangrove jack should be targeted in the creek mouths, along the rock wall at East Point should produce as well.

All the best for 2017!

Bruce Nash

Compleat Angler Mackay - Nashy's Store