March 2011 Fishing Report

“Fresh baits are best, like gar, fusiliers and small pike,” he reported, “but we’ve caught plenty on fresh pilchards rigged on a set of ganged hooks. There are a few secrets. For instance, make sure your gangs are top quality, sharp and are rigged straight; also make sure you are using big, fresh, undamaged pilchards that have plenty of flash and shine (that’s what attracts the macks); and if the water is really clear, use 200lb non-abrasive mono (crimped) instead of wire.

February 2011 Fishing Report

Further out and near the reef Brad has been finding a few pockets of coral trout, but there have been very few larger specimens, however this could be due to the fact that the winds and currents have kept the boats from effectively fishing the deeper reef.

January 2011 Fishing Report

Well, we have never let him live it down and this trip was no different. Unfortunately for us, after two hours of travel where we ribbed him with every jibe we could come up with, the arsey bugger hooked up and landed a ten kilo red on the very first drop of the trip!

November 2010 Fishing Report

And the reef fishing didn’t disappoint, with the dories catching the usual quality red throat emperor and coral trout, and thanks to having the Cougar Cat in tow, we were off into the deep water aboard Raptor II chasing the big red emperor this area is renowned for.

September 2010 Fishing Report

Mack Attack Madness! October already!  Where has this year gone? It seems like only yesterday that we were catching snapper, and now the water is warming and were are gearing up for the tropical species to start chewing their heads off. It’s been a mad month of mackerel mayhem offshore with some calamitous catches being […]

Fishing Report August 2010

We got into plenty of good mackerel on the troll, with the Classic F18 Bluewater lures proving lethal in the gold and mackerel green colours!”

Reef Fishing Tribulations

Eight Spanish Mackerel in forty-five minutes, everybody was pumped and we decided to leave a hot bite, It was a tough call, I know, but everybody was impressed and Red Emperor were calling. This was the start of a three day charter with Reefari onboard Mako, a big comfortable Steber 41 gameboat. Jason Kennedy from […]

Fishing Report July 2010

Well, let me begin with saying that the Spanish Mackerel Shootout was a great success despite less than friendly weather conditions (thanks a lot Mother Nature)! All up, 58 entrants accounted for a total of nine Spanish Mackerel and 15 reef fin fish at the weigh in.

2010 JG Marine & Mowers Spanish Mackerel Shoot-Out

The first 2 fish they put on the scales were impressive:- Craig’s first a commendable 17kg while Mick’s first fish at 21.6 kg put him in front of the best fish weighed in on the Saturday that was 18.65kg from Jason Jenkins.

Mackay Game Fishing Club

Scawfell island is located about 25 nautical miles to the North east from the Mackay Marina, an easy hour or so run. Scawfell is a large island with a large horseshoe shaped bay, appropriately named Refuge bay, and protected from our Prevailing SE Winds, with beautiful beaches and coral line bay, it’s hard to beat, plus of course some great fishing.