Nathan Milner from slippery sailor landed this fine red emperor at night
Nathan Milner from slippery sailor landed this fine red emperor at night

FISHING TAILS: Snapper and the mackerel in form

SNAPPER in the smaller sizes have already made a show around the islands and when we get a few cold days the bigger fish will move into the rubble patches in the bay.

I have a few spots that hold snapper when they are here, including Findlay's, Forty Acre, Square Rocks, Ross's Reef and Conical.

Fish light well back from the spot and let out a small slow burley stream for best results.

One bloke was telling me all about the greys he caught recently and when I checked them out they were actually doggies or Queensland school mackerel.

Doggies and grey mackerel are hitting some form and whenever conditions drop there is a chance of nailing a good feed. Ritamada, Iron Pot and Farnborough near Yeppoon and all the islands off Emu Park and Keppel Sands are likely spots at present.

TOP TROUT: William with a nice coral trout he caught near the islands
TOP TROUT: William with a nice coral trout he caught near the islands

The smaller fish are hugging the coast line while the serious sized doggies have been taking the route around Barren and Outer. There are lots of spots in the area including The Rosslyn Bay Harbour wall and local headlands that can be fished without needing a boat. On those calm glassy mornings schoolies can often be nailed from a land based position. Floating pillies and casting chrome lures such as Flashas are accounting for the best catches. Spanish have been consistent in close with the larger quantities showing along the contour lines out behind the islands.

Mack tuna and northern blues are making their way into the local waters and should be around when the schools of whitebait appear. When we chase the tuna it pays to use a small streamline chromies, slugs, red and white feather jigs or white marabou jigs. Plastics also work very well particularly any that look like the baitfish they are feeding on.

JJ practicing for the I Crab Classic scored this top crab.
JJ practicing for the I Crab Classic scored this top crab.

Bream, whiting, salmon, flathead and grunter are all starting to overtake the summer species on the catch list. All the beaches and local estuaries are producing a good feed at present. King salmon are going okay in the river from town all the way to the port, but don't expect the numbers of previous weeks. There are a few barra and jack still about especially where there isn't much wind on the water. For the most part, as soon as the chop starts the barra shut up shop.

The Yeppoon Coast Guard Tight Lines Fishing Classic 2016 is coming soon. More details and contacts next week

The Green Steel 2016 I Crab Classic will be held on June 3-5. Proceed go to the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service. Look up their Facebook page for more details.

Anyone concerned about the lack of boating infrastructure on the coast should check out this link http://www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au /gi/consultation/2973/ view.html.

Thanks again to Bluefin Sports, Rosslyn Bay Kiosk, Stanage Bay Marine, The Secret Spot, Kalka Bait and Tackle who are the local weigh points where you can get your photo taken or just drop yours in.

Send your emails or photos in to be eligible for any of our $50 random voucher draws.

Contact me at ifishcq2@bigpond.com with any concerns, issues or even just to let me know about club events or a family member catching some great fish.



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