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Glass out weather
  |  First Published: April 2012



For this time of year the weather hasn't been too bad, we've even enjoyed a few glass-outs on the water.

OFFSHORE

We have managed a few trips out on the calm days with good results. In close we have been picking up quality snapper, pearl perch and plenty of cod.

The sharks were giving us a bit of curry, particularly around Double Island Point. This is fairly usual at this time of year and it is generally best to avoid fishing in the area for a couple of months.

Mackerel have at long last turned up on the scene. They are in pretty good numbers and I just hope they hang around as they are a good option for when the reef fishing is slow.

We have been pulling up all three species of mackerel: school, spotted and Spanish. They are a little fussy but will respond well to a bit of berley and the lures will also get them fired up.

Out wider parrot, Moses perch and red emperor are biting well and there are bucket-loads of big hussar on certain patches.

ON THE BEACH

Whiting are still the best fish to target as they are in good numbers and most of the shallow drains around Double Island Point are working well.

GREAT SANDY STRAITS

Mangrove jack have been the best target in the Straits with all of the hot and humid weather we have had. I have had reports of good size catches around the 50cm mark.

Flathead are on the chew. Flicking soft plastics in the water around the bottom end of Fraser Island has seen some good results.

April is a change of season month. Pelagics like mackerel will still be around and reef fishing usually becomes more consistent. You just need good weather.

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