QLD Fishing Report

Brought to you by Compleat Angler Mackay:

Local anglers are hoping that the last lot of rain will be it for a while to let the water clean up as we head into our winter season. We’ve had the odd day where the sea conditions allowed a fish around the offshore reefs to nail the Spanish mackerel schooled up. For another week grassy sweetlip, trout and nannygai made up the balance. Inshore as we leave May and head June gang hooks and pilchard bait will be the norm for those hunting for a Spanish or spotty mackerel around the Islands of Seaforth, Mackay and Sarina. As we see a slow increase in the tourist numbers, they would be well placed to fish Town, Illawong (Far) beach, Southern End of Blacks Beach, Bucasia Beach down from the caravan park, Slade Bay and Shoal Point down to Reliance Creek for whiting. The mouth of Constant Ck proved to be rewarding when the creek itself was not firing. Fingermark, barra and king salmon captures have been made in Murray and Constant Ck in some cases by accident as the channel in those places has changed since cyclone Debbie with some rocks disappearing and some being exposed have added to the navigational woes. Now is a great time of year to land base or kayak the freshwater reaches of the Pioneer River at the back of Marian, Mirani and Finch Hatton for sooty grunter and the odd barra. Celta spinner blades, soft Yakamito plastics and Reflextion 3’’ Bammer will trick them into a strike. Use brighter colour as the water cleans up.

Good Luck.

Bruce Nash