QLD Fishing Report

Brought to you by Compleat Angler Mackay:

Water clarity last week, has been blamed for the lack of catches offshore, even as far out as the inner reefs which disappointed a lot off anglers as they had high expectations with a slight wind forecast. This affect was also felt by tournament anglers fishing Peter Faust Dam, reporting numbers well down. That’s fishing I guess. As we see the end of our winter season, September kicks of our Spring season which for mine is the pick of them for variety and excitement. Keep those high speed Spanish mackerel trolling lures handy, Samaki, Yo-Zuri and Williamson have models that can be trolled up to 15 knots which suits yachts or any vessel that can’t regulate their speed. Three Rocks, Baileys, Singapore and Charles Rock do well trolling with the northerly winds. The school and spotty mackerel numbers will increase from now on, then moving on once they spawn in late spring. As the bait moves closer to the mainland, these fish will follow looking for a feed. All the rocky reefs and headlands from St Helens to Notch Point will produce, spinning or jigging metal vibes or if you have jerkbait or minnow soft plastics you want to get chewed they’ll do the job. I’d rather feed those plastics to the king salmon in the creeks at the moment, then there’s a chance of getting more than one fish on the same lure. A reminder that the Mackay Gamefish Club are staging the “Great Northern Mackerel Shootout” next weekend, Father’s Day. Good luck to all.

Bruce Nash

Compleat Angler Mackay - Nashy's Store