It hasn’t been the best start to the year with a lot of wind and rain blasting the southeast Queensland.
The action offshore has been a bit of a repeat of last year, with good fishing when you can get offshore without the weather stopping you. Red emperor have been biting well and have been a great target on quite a few of the trips we have done.
Pearl perch are also on the chew, though the close reefs where we have been picking them up have had a lot of shark action. Out wider the tuskfish, Moses perch and quality snapper are nice and consistent for this time of year.
The usual February spotted mackerel have been a no-show. All of the locals are geared up for them, but are still waiting. I don't know why they haven’t made an appearance yet – the conditions on certain days have been great with plenty of bait balls, which would usually mean game-on.
We just have to look on the positive side, we have caught mackerel right up to early June, so there is still time to see their return to Rainbow Beach.
Conditions have not been perfect for beach fishing either, with plenty of wind and strong sweeps. Whiting have been the key player and are being landed in shallow drains around the Oak's at Inskip Point.
Mangrove jack have been active in all of the creeks. Some nice fish over 50cm have been plentiful with mullet strips proving the best bait.
Mud crabs have been the highlight with no shortage of them. Kauri Creek has been one of the hot spots.
March has proven to be a good fishing month for both reef fishing and the pelagic variety. Some more settled weather would be a bonus.Reads: 1201