QLD Fishing Report

Brought to you by Compleat Angler Mackay:

Our Spanish mackerel catches continue to happen offshore although the window of opportunity has been limited to 2-3 hour due to sea conditions with that time frame worked around a tidal change. Bailey and Three Rocks and Silloth Rocks are in that time frame. As mentioned in previous reports while inshore currents are 24-25c we need them to be 21-22c close to the coastline to bring the bait like garfish, herring and ribbonfish in, thus improving land based catches. Also with that window of opportunity sweetlip, trout, nannygai, stripy snapper aka stripy have made with catches mainly taken on bottom fished baits. Stripy set out as a live bait under a float is as good a bait you’ll use for Spanish with the fillets or pectoral fins are a prime bait for nannygai and red emperor. Catches of fingermark are being made for those who are chasing jewfish in the holes. School Jew have been taken from the hole down from the boat ramp in Rocky Dam Creek while using prawn fit for the dinner table. Whiting, bream and flathead are your target in the estuaries with tarpon around the bridge structures mainly at night proving to be a handful on light gear with their aerial antics. Crabs are still in good numbers in most creeks with most crabbers who have made the effort pleased with their full condition.

Good Luck.

Bruce Nash