Amity Point and Peel Island the place to go for mackerel, says fishing columnist Michael des David

HOOKED: Lee Edwards with his bass caught at Lake Samsonvale.
HOOKED: Lee Edwards with his bass caught at Lake Samsonvale.

FISHERMAN of the week Ryan Skinner and sons Ben, 10, and Damon, 8, from Capalaba caught a fine catch of school mackerel near Peel.

If it's a winter catch of mackerel you're after, the spots around Amity, Peel and Goat islands and close to Dunwich are recommended.

Anglers are having success trolling paravanes at different depths.

If you would like to try out this different technique then speak to Scott at Bayside Bait and Tackle or any of your local tackle and bait shops.

They can explain how to use the paravanes and give tips on new fishing techniques.

The school holidays are a great time to take a winter break. With restrictions being relaxed here in Queensland, now is the time to take advantage of our local treasures and support our local tourist operators.

There is always good year-round fishing on Stradbroke, Moreton or Fraser islands.

Tailor will be firing in the ocean gutters while bream, whiting and dart can also be caught.

Keep the children involved and entertained by digging for pippies, or why not have a go at catching your own beach worms?

If you are staying close to home there have been some reports of quality tailor round Cleveland Point, Coochiemudlo Island and all the land-based fishing spots.

I have noticed a few anglers positioning their boats close to shore and taking advantage of the tailor following the bait schools in shallow water.

Squire and snapper are being caught on the rubble grounds and artificial reefs and anglers are using squid, mullet fillets and soft plastics. Trolling hardbodies has also been effective.

Anglers fishing the fresh water impoundments are enjoying great bass fishing at the moment.

There have been reports of some fishers catching double digit numbers from a school of fish before moving onto another school of fish as the bite shuts down.

A good tip for winter is that the bass will gather in large numbers.

Extracting a fish from the school can cause the bass to come onto the bite.

When you find a school keep plugging away by using different lures until you hit on what lure will catch the fish.

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