Fishing Report June 2010

Monster Fish, Monster Month!!

June has been somewhat of an interesting month for offshore and inshore anglers respectively, with a cold snap ushering in a host of new piscatorial opportunities.

On a social run with members of the Mackay Game fishing Club the Reefari crew were able to locate some truly awesome fishing despite a buffeting from 15-20 knot winds.  The plan was to use Refuge Bay at Scawfell Island as a base to venture out to the surrounding rubble patches and rocky reefs.

Nannygai, SweetlipDespite our initial efforts yielding fairly humble results, things began to pick up immensely.   While a few of the crew were looking a little like Kermit the Frog in the complexion department, the fishing soon proved to be well worth it.  5- 6kg nannygai started coming over the side regularly, with an 8kg model falling to yours truly and a trophy 60cm grassy lipper being landed by Jason Horton.

Coral TroutOther highlights for the day included several solid coral trout and a chaotic five-way hookup that saw the boys ducking, diving and weaving across the deck, with some quality fish landed.

In other news there have been impressive, if isolated, catches of big knobby-headed snapper coming from the inshore patches.  A few of the boys bagged out on these seasonal fish mid-month and added a few decent cobia to the haul.  Fresh squid was the bait of choice, but all accounts point to a good season for those willing to persist with soft plastics.

Another cool water species, the blisteringly fast spanish mackerel, has started to appear in numbers as well, with Tony Kennedy reporting a few coming over the Mako’s gunnels.  On that subject, make sure you sign up for The Mackay Game Fishing Club’s next big event, the Spanish Shootout to be held over the Weekend of the 9th and 10th of July.

There will be heaps of great prizes on offer, and not just for spanish mackerel, with Reef fin fish species also now eligible.   Make sure you get involved with everybody welcome.  Bring the kids and have a great fishing weekend.  Reefari is proud to be sponsoring this event with some great mystery weight prizes up for grabs.

Also worth mentioning is an amazing capture by keen young angler, George Fitter who in a herculean effort, landed a 10kg red emperor while on one of our charters.  His catch made an impressive addition to a day’s haul that also included a 10kg nannygai.

Inshore, there have been some standout catches of bream, flathead and whiting.  According to the Zac Lucas-Hunt from Complete Angler, a few of the younger anglers have been really getting into using ultra-light gear and slightly unorthodox techniques like poppering and twitching small blades to attract these inshore species for exciting results.

On top of the bread and butter species, there have been some thrilling sessions on queenfish and trevally around the Pioneer River Mouth and under the bridges to be had.  Anglers are finding that the first of the run-in tide is bringing schools of bait in and the predators are following.  Try working small poppers, metal slugs and if that still doesn’t work, try feather headed jigs.

Well, that just about sums up the month.  Next month will see some big changes in the Reefari fleet with the Raptor II out of the water to have 600hp placed on its rear and there will also be some new faces amongst the crew – more on this next month.

Till then though, fingers crossed for calm seas and big reds.