QLD Fishing Report

Brought to you by Compleat Angler Mackay:

Creek pawns have been abundant in most systems and while some small sized, schools have been found overall eating size has dominated catches with some lucky netters filling a 9 litre bucket in 3-4 throws. Whiting are on the increase with the Southern creek systems reporting better catches than the Northern creeks. Yabbies are popular bait and producing the numbers however spinning with 70–95mm floating pencil lures and 50mm popper lures have accounted for a lot of fish to those who resisted using bait. While crabbing is still popular during the school holidays reports have good size and numbers around but lack weight meaning empty shell and nippers, releasing them back into the water the best option. The waters of the coal terminals are still producing tuna on the troll with the mackerel lures. Stripy, grass sweetlip and slaty bream have been making up the numbers around the inshore Islands while further afield along the inner reefs edges trout are the main species. Customary this time of year sharks have claimed a lot of nannygai and red emperor catches on anglers personal marks in the shipping channel. Mackay made headlines this past week with the capture of the exotic peacock bass from Dumbleton Weir. Investigations are still ongoing as too who, how and why they were released into the waterway.

Good Luck.

Bruce Nash