QLD Fishing Report
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Light winds and small tides gave all anglers the ideal fishing conditions recently, overall catch reports were good. Offshore numbers were made up off mackerel, large mouth nannygai, sweetlip, a few trout and blackspot tusk fish or blue bone known locally, great eating by the way, while inshore around the Islands more mackerel (spotty, few school and grey) smaller sweetlip, blubber lip bream and trevally filled the ice boxes. It’s no secret that pilchard bait on 4/0 – 5/0 gang hooks is the best bait for the smaller species of mackerel and this bait varies in quality throughout the season, at the moment the best quality is found when buying the 15kg IQF (individual quick frozen) carton. For an Australian caught pilchard they are straight, clean and good colour, sometimes the use of bait thread or ghost cotton (a thin white elastic thread) is good to hold your bait on the hooks. Estuary catches mainly consisted off flathead with the odd bream, salmon, whiting and grunter adding to variety. There has been no consistently with the crabbing scene although Rocky Dam Creek gives results when pots are set and checked over a 2-3 day period, crab movements will increase on the next series of big tides. For baits, while fish frames are popular and economical, the best is fresh whole or halved mullet. When it comes to crabpots the $20 two entrance rectangular blue seahorse brand fits a budget whereas if you want the best and most effective, the pop up pot from crab n gear is for you, none better.