Tackle World Mackay Fishing Report!

As cool weather starts to creep up on us hopefully we will see some better weather conditions and give all us keen offshore anglers a chance to wet a line. There have been reports of some thumper whiting being caught around the area with a handful of elbow slappers coming from the Pioneer River, Constance, Big Dawsons and Alligator Creeks. They have also been hotspots and early signs of large Silver Bream seen schooled in the shallows.


The net free zones around Seaforth have been producing some fantastic fishing. Live baits and lures have seen some quality Barramundi, Mangrove Jack and King Salmon caught. The upper reaches of Victor, Mathers, Cluney and Jane have had lure enthusiast in combat with some solid Mangrove Jack. Try 80-90cm hard bodied lures slow rolled around any oyster encrusted rock bar or 3-4”soft plastic shrimp or paddle tails rigged weedless will work a treat.




Live baiters floating live prawns around the snags at the mouth of Murray and Mathers Creeks have been rewarded with 60-80cm Barra with the odd King Salmon smashing baits. Live mullet, herring and gar fished throughout the snags in Saunders, Mystery and Blackrock creeks have had baiters in battle with huge Mangrove Jacks with one angler bagging five fish- the largest a massive 56cm!

The larger tides throughout the month have still seen plenty of Muddies on the chew, the flats out the mouth of Constant, Boundary and Rocky Dam Creeks have been popular whilst the upper reaches of Bakers, Alligator and Sandy Creeks around the neap tides.

Offshore anglers got a little taste of good weather over the past few weeks with the odd week day falling 10-15 knots, though there was still residual swell the channel and inshore shoals fired. The shoals around the Beverly group fished well for large Grassy Sweet Lip and Gold Spot Cod using fresh squid, pillys and hard bait, drifting Llyod, Viscount and Beaver shoals produced quality fish with the odd Nannygai a welcome catch.

The shipping channel around Scawfell Island and Snare peak produced some fanastic fishing, Large Mouth Nannygai, Sweet lip, Gold Banned Snapper and Large Coral Trout caught drifting the channel, whilst large schools of Spanish Mackerel seen marauding schools of bait fish around the slands. Soft plastic and micro jigs worked around some of the local Wreck saw catches of Finger Mark, Grunter, Gold Spot Cod and Black Jew. Whilst the shoals and shingle beds around Taffey Island and Glendower Point plagued with large Barred Grunter.

Kinchant and Teemburra Dams have still been producing fish, the usual slow rolling weedless plastics around the weed beds producing 80-90cm fish in Kinchant and working 80-120cm Hardbodies around the bays in Teemburra. Some solid Sootys have been caught working Vibes and small hard bodies around Pinnacle and Middle
Creeks with the odd Barra taking Vibes.


The deep snagged lined banks in Jane, Blackrock and Saunders Creeks have had soft plastic buffs tied up to big Golden King Salmon. 80-90cm fish have been caught on 3.5” Zerek Shrimp and Fish trap 110mm and very aggressive Barred Grunter smashing 3” Gulp Swimming Mullet in pumpkin seed and banana prawn in the shallows.

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