QLD Fishing Report

Brought to you by Compleat Angler Mackay:

Mackay anglers continue to reap the rewards of good weather and the seasonal fish run that is happening offshore, inshore and up the creeks. Variety is what I’m hearing from most anglers who put in the effort, even billfish have been seen well offshore cruising past floated live baits. The reefs and shipping channel haven’t disappointed with mainly trout, nannygai, cod, trevally and tusk fish but then it’s time to move when the sharks move in, killing fish unnecessarily is not good practice. There is a lot of good jerkbait soft plastics (1-2oz head weight with 7/0-8/0 hook) and vibes in the market that are a very good alternative to bait. One of the best bait for nannygai and red emperor is to use fish wings (pectoral fins) they love em.  Mackerel still very much on the scene around the inshore islands, Taffy and nearby Glendower Point are producing grunter, mackerel, snapper, sweetlip and fingermark with herring, pilchard and squid favoured bait. The Harbour Breakwall is worth a fish for Jew at present, squid heads or fresh mullet the go. Salmon, grunter, fingermark and flathead  dominate catches in and up most creeks, a change to lunker city plastic grubs has been a smart move by some anglers. Now, if you’re looking for a kayak holiday, Mackay’s pristine waterways from Marian right up to Finch Hatton are the best on offer.

Good Luck.

Bruce Nash