QLD Fishing Report

Brought to you by Compleat Angler Mackay:

Cooler temperature lately has pleased everyone heading outdoors, also the cooler currents associated with the inner reefs have schooled up the Spanish mackerel. It won’t be until late May or June when the cooler currents will flow inshore northwards from the Beverly Island group which will bring the school, spotty and Spanish with it. Around the reefs though the point and spurs of Chauvel, Coles and Southampton are holding large schools of 20+kilo Spanish. Drifting a gar rigged on gang hooks or jigging 6in. reflextion jerkbaits is a quick way to get a catch. Bailey Island and Three Rocks worth a look for trevally, tuna, queenfish and trout, use squid, cuttlefish heads or pilchard bait. Calder Island for trout and Silloth Rocks for an early season mackerel. The Northern face of Cocklemouth Island amongst the reef for cod, trout and sweetlip with tuskfish from the rocks on the Eastern end. Slade Island and the rocks at the Southend of Belmunda Beach for Blueys, best bait is fresh prawn or rock crabs even the smash crab lure has worked. With next weeks full moon fish the top of the tide along the beaches where the whiting and flathead will be, feed them yabbies, soldier crabs or small bait prawn. Given a cloudless sky luring with 50mm poppers is a lot of fun. Up the creeks, jacks around the rocks in Plane and Blackrock, king salmon near the sand bars in constant and the front of wharf ck also bream to be found close to the rock wall near the River St boat ramp.

Good Luck.

Bruce Nash

Compleat Angler Mackay - Nashy's Store