HANDS FULL: Kenny Powers from Keppel Bay Sportsfishing Club with a solid Spanish mackerel.
HANDS FULL: Kenny Powers from Keppel Bay Sportsfishing Club with a solid Spanish mackerel. Contributed

FISHING TAILS: Plenty of mackerel around on the Cap Coast

OFFSHORE fishing is looking great this week, with the weather forecast showing 10 to 15 knots.

There has been mixed reports from out wide, with some boats returning with good a catch, while others said the reef fish bite was slow.

However, one fisherman still managed to catch a red emperor up to 10kg, with plenty of red throat and a few coral trout around.

With big tides this week it will make the bottom fishing hard, as you only get an hour or so window of slacker run to fish.

This also has proven to be a great biting time for reef fish.

TOP QUALITY: Wade Smith from Hells Anglers Central Queensland with a colourful coral trout.
TOP QUALITY: Wade Smith from Hells Anglers Central Queensland with a colourful coral trout. Contributed

Mackerel have been thick the last few weeks, and in close to shore, some nice fish have been caught around Findlay's and the Pinnacles, and also around Barren and the island reefs.

All of the mackerel species are about at present, so it's a great time to get out with your crew and get a feed for the family.

Estuary fishing in the local creeks has been great the past few weeks since the rain.

On a weekend trip to Coorooman Creek we caught a great variety of fish including blue salmon, fingermark, bream, grunter, king salmon, mangrove jack and flathead, all within a few hours.

There is plenty of bait in the creek holding around the structures and good-sized prawns in the gutters - in a few casts we got a 10-litre bucket full.

Mud crabs are starting to come on but not in big numbers yet.

COOROOMAN CATCH: Jake Robertson with a Coorooman fingermark.
COOROOMAN CATCH: Jake Robertson with a Coorooman fingermark. Contributed

We visited Rosslyn Bay Harbour on the weekend to meet Andrew Ettingshausen (ET) at The Waterline Restaurant. It was a great to meet ET and talk fishing while the kids enjoyed getting their hats signed. Thanks to Keppel Bay Marina for hosting the event. The Treehouse Tavern Family Fishing Club will be holding the 2015 club presentation day and Christmas party from noon to 4pm on December 5 at the Treehouse Tavern.

If you're a keen angler of any age, the Mirror Angler page wants your fishing story - write a short fishing story and include a good-quality picture and you could be featured on the page. Send your story to crakyl@hotmail.com or message Craig Robertson on Facebook.



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