QLD Fishing Report
Brought to you by Compleat Angler Mackay:
Welcome to the new beginnings for 2017. Rain and wind have played an expected part in our fishing trips with the North and South of us getting the lion share. Large mouth nannygai filled most ice boxes with trout, red emperor and the occasional cod from the shipping channel made up the variety. That shouldn’t change over the next week, just watch the building tides as we head into a full moon on Thursday. Around the inshore Islands trout from the pressure points along the bottom is the go, while schools of Mack and longtail tuna also grey and Spanish mackerel can be found along current lines associated to those pressure points. There has been a bit of billfish activity along the western side of the shipping channel, no doubt hanging around the bait schools. Inshore history has it the barra (season opens 1st Feb) and the bigger grunter make their run into the creeks. Slade Island is a good place to bait fish with a good quality prawn for grunter, be prepared though for the odd bluey or two, you’ll need strong and reliable tackle to land those. The sand flats in Sandy ck has produced salmon and grunter on strips of ribbonfish although next weeks tides bream should make a move as well. As the fresh starts to work its way downstream, expect the catfish (good crabpot bait) and trevally to dominate catches. A common theme amongst all the fishing stories at the moment is the amount of small shark relieving anglers of their catches, once again this is frustrating but common for this time of year.