QLD Fishing Report
Brought to you by Compleat Angler Mackay:
I wouldn’t of like to have been a mud crab over the Easter break as every creek was loaded with pots taking advantage of the ideal conditions that presented itself. While females and light weight crabs made up some of the numbers, full bucks were the overriding catch which pleased all crabbers. Offshore, water clarity as far out as the shipping channel is slowly improving however the big factor is the debris that is a boating hazard, reports of power poles and whole tree trunks haven’t absorbed enough water to send them to the bottom. Once we get a break from the constant 15-20knot winds, trout, sweetlip, nannygai and mackerel will the target. Bailey, Three Rocks and Calder Island on the smaller tides fished with pilchard, squid and herring will be the norm. Now that our current temperature is slowly dropping this signals the start of the mackerel season, the above mentioned Islands along with inshore Islands Slade, Roundtop and Victor will best fished on the rising tide with gang hooks and pilchard bait. In the creeks, prawns are a little scarce but crabs, trevally, mangrove jacks are around, lure with soft plastic jerk baits. Whiting are being caught in the clearer shallow water on the sand flats and beaches. In a week’s time the World Sooty Champions will be staged at Eungella Dam. The norm for this fish is to lure with soft or hard vibes and spinnerbaits up against structure in 5-6m of water. Good luck if you have entered.