First up, remember that the barra season is closed until January 31, 2020.
It will be too lumpy this weekend to head offshore, but there’s good fishing in the creeks on live baits and lures. If you’re after the likes of king salmon, grunter and fingermark you can go to the usual places like Murray Creek or Mathers to the north, or if you’re heading down south you can fish Rocky Dam boundary. Cape Palmerston will be a hot spot this weekend as well. If you want to pump a few yabbies you’re in with a good chance of grunter, bream or whiting. Hopefully a bit of rain will result in good catches of mud crabs.
A cold run of weather has seen a lot of winter species on the chew throughout June and July, both creeks and offshore have been productive for those anglers willing to braving the elements.
The Pioneer River has been popular with catches of Whiting, Bream and Flathead. Night sessions opposite the boat ramp and around Cullen Island have produced large Winter Whiting using worms, lobbies and peeled prawns. The upper reaches of the River around Foulden and the Old Hospital bridge have had bait fishos with good quality Grunter and huge Queenies smashing live baits and lures around the rocks near the Ron Camm bridge. Lure Enthusiast working Poppers, Stick baits and Vibes around the beacons at the mouth have been tied up to huge metre plus Queenies and still the odd Barra menacing lures.
Constance, Murray and Mathers all reported numbers of huge Silver and Black Bream around the building tides. Strips of ribbonfish, mullet and gar proving best baits with the odd Grunter, Blue Salmon and Mangrove Jack being caught. The shallow sand flats at the mouth of Murray and Mathers have been teeming with schools of Flathead. Small hardbodies trolled along the flats or casting 3-4” paddle and curl tails have accounted for some big fish.
Rocky Dam, Plane and Boundary creeks have seen their usual run of winter fish. The gravel beds at the mouth of Rocky dam and Boundary around the full moon saw large numbers of big Grunter and Blue Salmon caught on strip baits and large green prawns. The deep holes in Sandfly creek and the King hole in Boundary had Vibe fanatics battling huge King Salmon and Finger mark around the neap tides. Whilst anglers live baiting the rock bars in Plane creek still producing solid Mangrove Jack.
Offshore anglers finally had a window of opportunity with a couple days of good weather, the outer reefs such as Coles, Credlin, Chauvel and Kindermah all fired with quality catches of Coral Trout, Red Throat Emperor and Tusk fish. Deep gutters off the reef saw an assortment of Red Emperor, Nannygai, Sweet lip, Spangled Emperor and small 10-15kg Spanish Mackerel in large numbers.
The Shipping Channel was another hot spot with reported catches of Red Emperor, Nannygai and loads of Spanish Mackerel. The Southern sector of the channel around Snare and Double Island had mixed catches of Grunter, Snapper, Black Jew and large Grassy Sweet lip.
In shore anglers targeting Spanish Mackerel have been rewarded with quality fish. Floating Ribbon fish, Gar, Pilchard and Slimy Mackerel or trolling X-rap 30, Halco Laser Pros 190 and Ribbon Fish. Hot spots have been Flat Top, Round Top, and Slade Islands along with the North and South Overfalls.
Good rainfall over the Easter break saw the creeks congested with boats targeting fish, prawns and mud crab for Good Friday. Campers still flocked to the local camping grounds with Seaforth, Cape Hillsborough and Cape Palmerston proving hotspots.
Huge six-metre tides saw the flats around the mouths of the creeks inundated with crab pots and plenty of Muddies on the move. Anglers using strips of Goldfin Mullet, Gar and Ribbonfish around the shallow mangroves on the high tide saw catches of Grunter, Blue Salmon and Barramundi and large 30cm plus Whiting using fresh yabbies.The neap tides after Easter saw the creeks around Seaforth fish extremely well. Soft plastic enthusiast working 4”-5” plastic prawns and paddle tails around gutters and shallow sand flats bagging Barra, King Salmon and Finger Mark whilst 3” curly tails fished along sand gutters on the runout tide snaring large Flathead.
The upper reaches of Mathers, Mystery and Blackrock creeks have
seen both live baiters and lure fanatics tied up to some huge Threadfin Salmon.
Zerek Prawns, Vibes and small hardbodies proving hard to beat whilst the ever reliable
live Goldfin Mullet and Gar weaving their magic on some solid metre+ fish.
With winter only a month away its shaping up to be a fantastic Whiting season, reports of huge elbow slappers being caught throughout the region along with 30-40cm Silver bream. Fresh Yabbies and Bloodworms have been the most productive baits or small pealed prawns for those not able to dig baits.
Rocky Dam, Boundary and Plane creeks have all seen plenty of
action with good numbers of Mud crab, Threadfin Salmon, Barra and Grunter being
caught. The King holes in both Rocky Dam and Boundary around the neaps saw
large schools of Threadys menacing jelly prawns along the banks with only the
odd fish falling to live baits and lures, small vibes and plastics fished along
the edges around the low tide resulted in plenty of 40-50cm Barra and large
numbers of Blue Salmon.
The rock bars and shingle at the mouth of Rocky Dam had baiters battle huge Barred Grunter using strips of Gar, Mullet and big green prawns with the odd Black Jew a welcome catch.
For the Land based anglers, the South Harbour Break wall has been one of the hot spots with plenty of species being caught. Tuna, Mackerel, Black Jew, Finger Mark, Trevally and huge Grunter have all been on the menu with best baits being squid, pillys and prawns. Fresh Yabbies and live herring fished along the gutters at the front of Town, Illawong and Far Beaches have seen anglers with assortment of Trevally species and one lucky angler bagging a 74cm Barra.
With the past few weeks of bad weather we’re in with a
chance of some great weather over Easter. The usual camping areas such as
Seaforth, Cape Hillsborough, Cape Palmerston, Knotch point will all see the
usual crowds and with loads of bait throughout the creeks will see plenty of
great fishing action.
Mud crabs are on the move again, Big tides and past few weeks of rain have seen better quality crab caught. Mathers, Boundary, Plane and Constance creeks all crabbing well with larger numbers coming from Thompsons creek and the Proserpine river.
Its been a slow start to the prawning season with veteran
prawners working hard for a few kilo, bigger tides last week seem to have flush
prawns into the systems and had prawners with their 10ltr bucket in Cluney,
Rabbit island and Murray creeks.
There’s still plenty of Barramundi and King Salmon being caught throughout the district, live mullet, whiting and prawns most favored baits whilst the ever reliable Transams, Samaki and Pulse vibes proving hard to beat. Constance, Bakers and Sandy creeks all producing fish with Prossy river being the hot spot.
Bigger tides saw a run of big Grunter around Freshwater and
Glendower points, fresh large prawns and whole squid yielding larger fish with
large schools of Spotty Mackerel menacing baits. Taffy island and Sunken Reef
saw its usual run of large Black spot tusk fish and some thumper Grass Sweet
With the odd storms still hanging around has seen plenty of the fresh water creeks in full action, the upper reaches of the Pioneer River has had lure enthusiast in battle with big Barra and Sooty Grunter whilst Cattle and Owens creeks alive with Sootys and Spangled Perch. Funnel creek to the south and Connors river have also been producing huge Sootys along with 60-70cm Saratoga.
Consistent bad weather patterns have seen little offshore activity over the past month. The end of February saw creeks finally start to clear as huge 6.5 metre tides flushed systems ready for the neap tides.
The Seaforth area saw its fair share of anglers with reports of Barra, Fingermark and Grunter all on the move. Live baiters struggled to find decent bait and those who did were rewarded with quality fish.
The rock bars in the upper reaches of Seaforth and Cluney creeks saw large numbers of rat Barra caught using 3’ Gulp Shrimp and some monster Mangrove Jack cracking small Rapala Xrap 10s and Rapala Twitchin mullet.
Rabbit Island creek was another hotspot with both baiters and lure enthusiasts tied up to some solid fish. Live mullet on a running sinker rig produced larger Barra, whilst floating live prawns around snags saw a lot of smaller 60cm fish caught. Anglers trolling 120mm 3 metre Classics bagged a few big Barra and a welcome catch of Finger mark.
Midweek saw Mathers, Murray and Mystery creeks busy, the Barra hole in Mathers and Murray saw live baiters with good numbers of Barra, whilst the upper reaches had Vibe fanatics in battle with huge Barra and King Salmon. Transams, Samaki Thumpertail and Zerek Fish trap all proving hard to beat.
McReadys creek has been the surprise creek, plenty of small Barra, Jack and Bream caught using both baits and lures. The snag littered banks in the upper reaches has seen plenty of small Barra caught, whilst the rock bars around the mouth have had anglers battle thumper Mangrove Jack. Baiters using strips of mullet and squid bagging big Bream with the odd Blue Salmon a welcome catch.
Live baiters fishing the small tides in Sandy and Alligator creeks have seen a lot a of small 40-50cm Barra and huge Blue Salmon menacing baits. Lure fanatics working holes and gutters using Zman 4’ DieZel Minnow and StreakZ have snared larger 70-80cm Barra, whilst the ever reliable 4’ Atomic Prong proving hard to beat.
A two-day window mid-week saw the weather gods shine upon us and sickies where taken to head wide. The offshore reefs saw small numbers of Coral Trout caught, whilst the Shipping Channel proved hard to beat. Most spots produced thumper Nannygai and Red Emperor and huge Grass Sweet Lip caught drifting gutters. Reports of Spanish Mackerel surrounding boats and loads of sharks destroying catches.
Swim bait fanatics working the shallows around Gould, Wallaby and Chauvel reefs bagging an assortment of fish, huge Red Throat, Yellow Lip Emperor, G.Ts and huge Maori Wrasse.