QLD Fishing Report
Brought to you by Compleat Angler Mackay:
For most of the past three weeks, offshore anglers have been frustrated by what only can be described as fresh to frightening winds keeping everyone land locked. In saying that the light winds and small tides will be welcomed by all next week. Water clarity is still dirty inshore to and past the islands however venturing through the shipping channel to the inner reefs for the cleaner conditions will get you a bag of trout, sweetlip, mackerel and trevally. Soft plastic jerkbaits and metal jigs for lures while squid or cuttlefish heads fished on the seaward face of the reef will nail the trout and sweetlip. It’s a bit early to fish the Southern Islands, that’s a late May-June time, but the rock reefs out front of Scawfell Island, Cocklemouth and Goldsmith Island for a mackerel and trevally. Inshore your target will be trevally, mackerel and cod from Victor, Roundtop, Slade, Wedge, North and South Red Cliff Islands while landbased, Freshwater Point, Campwin, Grasstree, The Harbour Breakwall, Lamberts Beach, Shoal Point and Finlaysons Point using the good quality pilchards in the market at the moment for jewfish, trevally and cod. Fishing for whiting over the beaches, sand flats and creek mouths in shallow water is having results using lobbies, prawn or strip gar. Even though the tides are dropping back in size keep the crabpots working. King salmon, whiting, trevally and a few barra and jacks are the report from up the creeks away from the mouths. Rocky Dam, Plane, Reliance, Constant and O’Connell fished with live or strip mullet, herring or prawn rigged on 4/0 – 6/0 circle hook. By the time you read this the World Sooty Championships would have been run and won at Eungella (the sooty capital of Qld) hosted by the Mackay Fish Stocking Association, will have fish stats next week.