QLD Fishing Report

Brought to you by Compleat Angler Mackay:

Recent big tides saw on some days a metre of water an hour pushing in. This has pushed the bait mullet schools up to Dumbleton on the Pioneer River where the salt meets the fresh this is the place anglers took advantage of live bait for the recently opened barra season. Anyone chasing crabpot bait or like a sportfish challenge on light gear the tarpon (Hawkeye herring) have surfaced, best caught on the night tides around the bridge structures. There is still plenty of prawn around for live or fresh bait. Bream, flathead, barra and mangrove jack have all responded to this bait and with the upcoming neap tides improved catches will be made. Keep the crabpots working, numbers are good although you will need to add weight to the lighter pots or risk having them lost. Although Mackay in not known for its massive squid population anglers took advantage of the moon and lights around the coal jetties, grass beds and marinas to catch a feed or for an upcoming reef trip. Inshore islands are still producing grass emperor (sweetlip) Moses perch in 10-15m of water on the turn of the tide. Pilchard, herring and squid the favoured bait. The shipping channel for nannygai, red emperor, trevally and cod also the inner reefs for trout fusiliers and stripy will fish better now on the smaller tides.

Good Luck.

Bruce Nash