Snapper are biting and here's how to catch them
THE fresher the better.
That's the advice of Mackay Tackle World's Julian Hewat for people wanting to chase snapper.
Hewat said there had been some nice fish already caught by anglers.
"Everybody usually starts catching them at the start of May," he said.
"But it just hasn't been cold enough.
"It's good to see they are starting to be caught and there's some good ones too, some over 70cm being reported, so they're definitely around."
Hewat said the best way he had found to catch snapper was using fresh squid of slab bait.
"Just run it either on a paternoster rig or a standard running rig," he said.
"The fresher the bait the better, and if you can, use live squid."
Location-wise, Hewat tips the shoals out from Hay Point, Round Top and Flat Top islands as well as the Mackay breakwater.
For people wanting to chase snapper on lures, soft plastic Gulp jerk shads in pearl white and nuclear chicken colours were the best bet, Hewat said.
Apart from the snapper, Hewat said good whiting were being caught on live yabbies, worms and peeled prawns.
"People are getting them on poppers too," he said.
Big crabs were being caught in the region's creeks, Hewat said.
"There's a lot of good crabs getting around. At the start of May there was a lot around but they weren't good ones, they weren't full," he said.
"Rocky Dam to Murray Creek up to the St Helen's area have been good."
Offshore, Hewat said coral trout and nannygai were being caught.
- Snapper being caught offshore on fresh squid and slab baits
- Good-sized crabs being caught in creeks from Rocky Dam to Murray creeks
- Good whiting around at the front of the beaches
- Plenty of bread-and-butter species being landed at this time of the year
- Spanish mackerel should start biting as the weather cools down