Prime Peal Perch
  |  First Published: October 2010

October is another great month for fishing with the weather remaining settled.


Fishing has hotted up on the reefs with snapper and pearl perch biting really well.

The pearlies have been an easy target responding aggressively to soft plastics, with the 7” Gulp jerk shads right on the money.

Pearl perch tend to stick in tight balls, usually on top of the bommies, so getting your line directly into the ball is essential as they don't like moving too far.

Snapper are also fishing well on soft plastics and floating baits. Unlike the pearlies, with a good lot of berley they will come to you most of the time.

For anglers who like to use dropper rigs on the bottom, other quality reef fish are also on the chew including parrotfish, Moses perch, gold spot wrasse and hussar.

There have been plenty of amberjack and cobia on the close reefs as well. Live yakkas have been working the best on these hard fighting fish.

Out a bit wider we have managed to round up red and spangled emperor, but the spanglies are around in bigger numbers.


Plenty of tailor have surfaced along the entire stretch of beach. Most of the biggest catches are at the Oaks at Inskip Point at night.

Dart are also running along the entire beach, but the bigger fish are in the deeper gutters.

Summer whiting are starting to school up and I have heard of big catches near the lagoon at Double Island Point.


Tailor have been biting well in the Strait, with the Teebar Ledge one hot spot, especially in the late afternoon. Using blue pilchards with no sinker is working well.

Flathead and whiting are in good numbers, particularly on the bottom end of Fraser Island. Soft plastics have been working well on the flatties in this area.

I have had good reports of mud crabs being potted at Bullock Point. A bit more rain will make a great season for crabs.

October is another prime time for snapper and red emperor. The reds tend to follow bait balls around, so if you spot a bait ball on the sounder it's worth dropping a big bait into it.

To enjoy a day on the water with Keely Rose Fishing Charters phone 0754 863 150 or 0407 146 151 or visit www.keelyrosefishingcharters.com.au.

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