QLD Fishing Report

Brought to you by Compleat Angler Mackay:

Smaller tides and a favourable forecast over the coming week will have many anglers smiling especially when the first reports of this seasons snapper have surfaced. As the season progresses the southern grounds from Dalrymple Bay down to the Guardfish Cluster of Islands are more productive over the patches and Islands east of Mackay. Close in, the leads into the coal port and associated patches go well on the rising tide at daybreak with pilchard or squid bait, otherwise jigging 5” or 6” soft plastics. Along with snapper, the longtail tuna also school and spotty mackerel make up the variety while fishing the same grounds. Danger, Roundtop and the Downward Patches close in spots. Those who made the long walk out along the Southern Breakwater have come home with fresh squid caught from under the lights along the wall also the pontoons at the boat ramp. Some nice size whiting and flathead continue to be caught in the estuaries along with grunter over the sand flats and gutters, yabby bait preferred. Report of barra are still filtering in so there’re not done yet. Some lucky anglers have nailed barra on the downstream side of Dumbleton Weir. with jacks a better alternative for a take home catch.

Good Luck.

Bruce Nash