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The Spanish have arrived... but sailfish already biting

This giant sailfish was Troy Tailor's entry in the Tackle World July Fishing Competition.
This giant sailfish was Troy Tailor's entry in the Tackle World July Fishing Competition. Tackle World Mackay

WITH the fantastic fishing weather, everyone is out catching the big ones instead of talking about them.

Matt Sutton, of Tackle Pro Mackay, said he heard reports of a lot of Spanish mackerel, nannygai and sweet lip being hauled in.

"A few Spanish over 30kg have been caught," Sutton said. "Mainly on ribbon fish."

The most popular lure at the moment was the big Rapala 30 Magnums for Spanish mackerel, he said.

Nannygai and sweet lip were also going on squid and jigs in the channel.

 

Gary Bezzina entered the Tackle World July Fish Photo Competition with these rippers.
Gary Bezzina entered the Tackle World July Fish Photo Competition with these rippers. Tackle World Mackay

After a slow start to the Spanish mackerel season, and winds keeping anglers contained inshore, it is good to see the season taking off just in time for the Spanish Mackerel Shoot Out Competition next weekend.

Sutton said there also had been reports of sail fish being caught, which was unusual for this time of the year.

"They are here fairly early," he said. "Usually they arrive at the end of August and in September.

"(I have) no idea why they are here but there were three last week."

One had been caught on squid while fishing for nannygai in the channel and the other on a stripy fillet, he said.

Sailfish can reach a maximum length of 3.6m and weigh up to 60kg.

It would be a challenge to land a fully grown monster.

They are easily recognised by their distinctive dorsal fin and they are really fun to catch with their jumping action.

Be careful not to have the leader wrap around the rod tip if they jump or that dream catch could end up in a tangled mess, broken line, or even worse, a broken rod tip.

Sutton said he had not heard any reports of whiting or bream being caught.

"I haven't heard of anyone going fishing in the creek," he said. "With the good weather people have gone offshore."

Inland, there were good barramundi at Peter Faust Dam, he said. They were being landed on big soft plastics with paddle tails.

 

Kevin Flanagan, winner of the Sooty Grunter Winter Series, with his two 3.77kg fish.
Kevin Flanagan, winner of the Sooty Grunter Winter Series, with his two 3.77kg fish. Mackay Tournament Anglers

Sooty Grunter Winter Series

Last weekend was also the last round of the Sooty Grunter Winter Series at Eungella Dam hosted by the Mackay Tournament Anglers Group.

Winner of the competition was Kevin Flanagan with a full weight of 10.23 kg.

Second place was taken by Geoff Busbridge, the only other angler to get a full bag of six fish with 9.01 kg.

 

Greg Thomas had the biggest session bag with 4.42kg during the Sooty Grunter Winter Series at Eungella Dam.
Greg Thomas had the biggest session bag with 4.42kg during the Sooty Grunter Winter Series at Eungella Dam. Mackay Tournament Anglers

Greg Thomas got the biggest bag of a session with two fish at 4.42 kg.

The next tournament for the group is the Barra Series, which will start in September, group member Geoff Newby said.

A start date is yet to be determined. Interested anglers can find the group on Facebook to look out for future competition dates.

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Have you caught a great fish and want to share your story? We would like to hear about it. Email the details and a photo for next week's column to: jorunn.lorenzen@dailymercury.com.au

Topics:  eungella dam fishing mackay mackay tournament anglers group peter faust dam sailfish sooty grunter winter series spanish mackerel spanish mackerel shoot out competition tackle pro mackay


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