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Copious Cod Catches
  |  First Published: August 2011



We are still in the midst of great winter weather and fishing. I love this time of year!

OFFSHORE

Nice calm days, a flat bar and plenty of fish – it doesn’t get much better than this. We are having a great time on the snapper with some real quality specimens turning up.

We haven’t had to get tricky with these fish, with light line, floating or plastics, as they have been biting well on a standard 2 hook dropper rig baited with pilchards. The only trick to our good catches is to anchor way off any structure and we are only fishing on shelly sand.

Pearl perch are also slipping into top gear with some great quality fish around the 5kg mark. Soft plastics and live yakka have been scoring the biggest fish. Live bait has been easier to find lately, which is great to have if the fishing slows down.

Other fish that are on the chew are sweetlip, Moses perch and tonnes of estuary cod. Now that the live bait isn’t so scarce, we have also had a few chops at red emperor. The only problem is, fishing this way we have been catching 10 cod to one red. I can’t remember seeing so many cod, they are everywhere!

ON THE BEACH

Tailor have made an appearance around Middle Rock and I am told there have been some corkers, around 6kg, getting caught at night. Large bream are also biting well in the same area.

Whiting are continuing their good run. The best catches are late afternoon around the full moon.

GREAT SANDY STRAITS

The bottom end of Fraser Island has been producing good catches of whiting and flathead, along with the odd golden trevally.

The Bullock Point area has been fishing well for flathead on soft plastics, with winter whiting in the deeper water. A couple of our young local lads have been scoring themselves some good threadfin salmon around Carlo Point on the high tide.

August is another prime month for offshore fishing and if the snapper continue their great run, we are in for a beauty.

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some great Rainbow Beach snapper caught on the Keely Rose.

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Big pearlies are on the chew.

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