QLD Fishing Report

Brought to you by Compleat Angler Mackay:

The last coral fin-fish closure for the year reopens at midnight tonight which allows us to start fishing for our prime table fish around the reefs, Islands and Channels. I must admit this last closure didn’t have the effect it normally does as the winds have been fresh to frightening not allowing any offshore activity. That pushes everyone into the creeks and the Northwards facing headlands. The odd shower each day has given the creeks a new lease of life. Time to dust of the cast nets and crabpots for use over coming weeks. Small tides next week will suit to net mullet, prawns and herring as live or fresh bait out of McCreedies, Constant and the creeks associated to Seaforth and St Helens while to the South, Bakers, McEwens, Grasstree, Plane, Rocky Dam, Big Dawsons and Cape Palmerston. Flathead, grunter, jacks, fingermark, cod and king salmon respond well to live bait in those areas. The creeks mentioned also crab well. Given a break in the weather, the mackerel will still be out the front of the beaches and rock reefs. Offshore the odd Spanish from Bailey, Three Rocks and Calder can be found trolling ribbonfish at slow speed, 2-3 knots. Prince and Alarm reef worth a look on the small tides for trout, sweetlip and nannygai but you might look at nearby Kindermar, Chauvel reefs for an overnight anchorage. If your still in the hunt for a big barra, Kinchant dam the place.

Good Luck.

Bruce Nash