QLD Fishing Report

Brought to you by Compleat Angler Mackay:

Big tides recently had offshore anglers seeking relief from the tidal flow, some had success along with mixed results. The usual reports of nannygai, sweetlip and trout didn’t disappoint however bag numbers were well down. Most the talk inshore was about the amount of Northern Bluefin (longtail) Tuna, Mack Tuna and the odd School(Doggie) Mackerel that were taking while trolling the current lines. As for the Longtail Tuna, probably the best eating of all Tunas caught in the North, bleed immediately on capture, known to have an off white flesh, so try sashimi or on the barby that night will satisfy. As for the Mack Tuna, they have a blood red flesh, for mine makes an excellent reef bait otherwise the Greek community know how to do them justice. Barra, Mangrove Jack, Fingermark and King Salmon are your target in the creeks with herring, mullet and prawn kept live as preferred bait otherwise 20gm Jackall or Yakamito soft vibe is a good lure substitute. Barra and Sooty Grunter from the local dams are proving to be inconsistent at the moment, some anglers not even recording a bite after a 6 hour session on Teemburra, most unusual. Eungella has been busy with families camping and tournament anglers recording fish movements for the World Sooty Championships in a month or so time. Techniques at the moment for Sooties is luring darker coloured spinnerbaits in 5 to 8m of water around the line of trees.

Good Luck.

Bruce Nash

Compleat Angler Mackay - Nashy's Store