Great Weather Keeps Anglers Smiling
  |  First Published: December 2011

We’ve had the longest run of great weather I have seen in years and, with the inclusion of some solid fish, it has meant anglers have had some ripper trips.

The nice calm weather has allowed us to head wider offshore and cover more ground.

At times the fishing has been a bit hit and miss and we’ve had to work quite hard to catch a feed. At other times we’ve enjoyed the best reef fishing I’ve seen.

The more flat cobble ground has worked the best with plenty of snapper, pearl perch and red emperor being landed.

On a particular day, we were having a really tough morning when we happened to stumble upon a bait ball showing on the echo sounder.

All lines went into the water and next minute there were reds coming in one after the other, which blew my clients away. I'm sure charter boat skippers have one of the only jobs where you can go from villain to hero within a matter of minutes!

Maori Cod have been the most consistent fish on the bite and if you can manage to jig up some small yakkas, you're pretty much guaranteed to fill the box with them.

January is an action packed month where we should see plenty of Spanish and spotted mackerel around. Most years you can nearly walk across them because their numbers are so thick.

We will still be targeting reef fish throughout January, with some great trips expected especially up north along Fraser Island.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and wish all a Happy New Year.

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