QLD Fishing Report
Brought to you by Compleat Angler Mackay:
Up to the time of publishing this report, offshore fishing has been minimised due to sea conditions, however sea travellers from the South to our part of paradise have bagged a few fish either on the troll or at anchorage. Spanish mackerel and tuna on the troll travelling through the Beverley Group using high speed lures around 10knots. The first report of this season snapper has come in from the Beverly’s as well while at anchor. Given the better sea conditions we are hanging out for, I do expect Spanish mackerel to be on the chew around the Inshore Islands and Rock walls. Trolled or floated gar, ribbonfish, squid or mullet in preference. A few jewfish are being taken from the entrance of Mackay Harbour, fishing the top and the outgoing tide using squid, mullet or good quality prawn on the bottom. Some lure fanatics are using jerkbait soft plastic in 10–12m of water. While Mackay Beaches are not known for its sand crab population, Shoal Point is one of them, and producing at the moment towards the Southern end. Whiting continue their run in most sand bottom creeks, Bakers, Sandy and Alligator high on the list. Grunter on flesh bait from the front of the O’Connell was a surprise to a couple of anglers. Mangrove jack have been chassed to some success using a good quality prawn around the Forgan Smith and Ron Camm Bridges.