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Offshore off the wall
  |  First Published: December 2008



There has been a bit of unsettled weather as you would expect for this time of year but it hasn't stopped us from getting in a few trips offshore.

OFFSHORE

Everything seems to be on target for mackerel this year and we should be in for a lot of reel-screaming action. We have seen our first run of spotted and Spanish mackerel. The spotties are a really good size up to 6kg and have been caught in the close water off Double Island Point.

Spanish mackerel are plentiful but a lot are only just legal size, so be careful what you take home. Trolled blue pilchards are proving to be the best capture method at present. Cobia are also being caught in the same areas.

On the reef scene we are still getting our respective halls of snapper particularly on the wider reefs in the deeper water. The larger fish seem to come in close at this time of year. Live bait and soft plastics are the way to go.

It has been a little quiet lately in the northern grounds off Fraser Island, but there are some quality reds to be had - fishing with live bait and a bit of patience will reap rewards.

Other species that we have been doing quite well on are sweetlip, parrot and bucket loads of Moses perch.

January is one of the action months offshore. If all conditions are right we should see lots of pelagics and have lots of fun.

ON THE BEACH

It’s a great time of year to get the whiting gear out and the kids down to the beach. There has been some fantastic catches of summer whiting along the length of Rainbow Beach. It is easy and relaxing fishing as you only need cast your line within 6m from the beach into the shallow drains. Easy feeds of dart are also to be had in the deeper gutters off the beach. Whiting and dart seem to be favouring live yabbies.

We had a great run of tailor on the Teewah side of Double Island Point, which produced some fish up to 4kg.

GREAT SANDY STRAITS

The straits are fishing well with lots of surface action. Schools of chopper tailor are active around the Carlo Point area feeding on small white bait.

Spotted mackerel and school mackerel, although small are in big numbers around big Mick Beacon and the bottom end of Fraser Island.

The ever-present flathead is an easy target on soft plastics just off the edge of the sandbanks between Carlo Point and Bullock Point.

Mangrove jack have also arrived in force with the sudden rise in water temperature and hot humid days. They are being caught mainly on mullet flesh in and around Bullock Point and Kauri Creek.

When heading up the straits for a fish make sure you take your crab pots along, as there are quite a few muddies about.

The festive season continues through to January so ensure that the safety gear in your boat is up to date and you are fully read up on size and bag limit restrictions. There will be extra fisheries patrols making sure everybody is doing the right thing and doing it safely. Local boat ramps will be brimming with activity, so you may have to be a little patient if you are using these facilities.

I will be running my charter boat, the Keely Rose throughout the school holidays. If you would like to join me for a day offshore over the school holidays, book early as we are expecting a busy season.

Good fishing and have a Happy New Year!

For more information about my Keely Rose Fishing Charters log onto www.keelyrosefishingcharters.com.au or phone 0407 146 151 or 07 5486 3150.

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