QLD Fishing Report

Brought to you by Compleat Angler Mackay:

All our creek systems are running coffee colour after the last lot of rain, so that will have both the fish and crabs moving around to find the saltiest water. The way the tides are situated, bid tidal movement during the day so get the crabpots working, smaller movement in the afternoon/night tides, best chance to pick up trevally, catfish, mangrove jack and tarpon. You’ll need to be at the front or mouths of the creeks and fish baits or lures on the bottom. Mullet strip is prime bait at the moment at Bakers and Freshwater Point. Land based catch and release for leopard and shovelnose shark is on again at the middle and northern end of Blacks Beach. Slab tuna or mullet bait has worked around the top of the tide. For an offshore fish you’ll need to be around Island headlands is your best bet which puts you at Cocklemouth, Calder, Bailey and Night Islands. A strong scented bait like cuttlefish heads, pilchard and whole poddy mullet should do the job. The last full moon on Kinchart Dam produced heaps of 80–1m+ barra, the stand out lure was the Jackall TN70 silent. We have been advised that the Mackay Southern Breakwater is closed to vehicle traffic only for 12 months as further restoration work continues. There has been more damage than first realised after cyclone Debbie.

Good Luck.

Bruce Nash