More opportunities inshore
  |  First Published: May 2012

The weather has been very unsettled allowing for only a couple of trips offshore last month, but the inshore catches have made up for it.


We have only been offshore three times over the last month. The only fishable options have been in close, but the fishing has still been reasonable. Sweetlip, snapper, cod and pearl perch have made up the catches in close and by the end of the day we have had a fairly good looking catch in the ice box.

It is just a shame that we copped more wind and rain. It did nothing to upset the bottom-dwelling fish, but definitely put the mackerel off the bite with too much freshwater in close.


The beach has been fishing very well with good quality whiting caught at night in the swimming area at Rainbow Beach. Live worms are doing the trick.

Some of the deeper gutters towards Inskip Point have been holding some cracker dart. I recently took my kids beach fishing for dart and I was flat out keeping the baits up to them. A lot of fun for everyone.


Although there is a lot of freshwater in the Straits at present, fish like flathead, mangrove jack and bream have been biting well. Mud crabs have also been an easy target with the freshwater stirring things up.

May heralds the beginning of more stable weather. Fishing in the past has seen good runs of big snapper and pearl perch start to ball up toward the end of May. And I am looking forward to our prime fishing months ahead!

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