QLD Fishing Report

Brought to you by Compleat Angler Mackay:

Landbased and boat anglers are still being spoilt with mixed bags, despite a couple of the coldest days in 15 years. Out the front of the estuaries over the sand flats 50-60cm flathead have been on soft plastic lures white reflextion in particular. Whiting catches are patchy while using lobby bait. It is no surprise that the crabs catches have slowed, the rock walls along the Pioneer still worth a look. Bluies and fingermark have improved around the rocky headlands and close in islands. Mantis shrimp the secret bait for them as is small crabs and quality big size prawn. Inshore islands and shoals are still producing snapper and the odd jewfish on squid and pilchard, time your trip on lines in at sunrise. Fish for queenfish using white marabou jigs on the first couple of hours of the incoming along the rocks on the western end of Scawfell Bay. With the amount of nannygai I hear being caught in the channel anglers should be sick of the taste by now, try jigging soft plastics and metal jigs in 25m to 35m of water and in some cases suspending your lure at 20m to attract any Spanish in the area. Snare Peak and Snare Rock worth a visit for this technique.

Good Luck.

Bruce Nash