July is right in the middle of our prime offshore fishing.
We still had to battle with a bit of bad weather last month. The ever-present southeast winds and rain held us in close offshore, however the fishing has been great.
Pearl perch continue to bite well in close, particularly on the soft plastics. I've been using 7” pearl white Gulps, which have out-fished all other plastics and soft baits.
The snapper have started off the season a little more fussy than the pearlies. They have only been attacking half pilchards on very light floating lines. Usually their fussiness will change this month and they will also get fired up on plastics.
Other species that are biting quite well are Moses perch, lots of school mackerel, big Spanish mackerel and amberjack.
Whiting, dart and chopper tailor have been the main catch from the beach. They have been biting best in the build up to the full moon, in the late afternoon.
During June there was a lot of out-of-season rain which created far too much fresh water pouring into the Straits.
I still had some good reports of flathead getting caught around Bullock Point and great catches of mud crabs in Kauri Creek.
The local Rainbow Beach Fishing Classic is held this month between the 20-28 July. It is a great time to visit our lovely little town and get stuck into some of the great fishing we have on offer.
Pearlies are on the chew in July
Amberjack are smashing soft plastics in close.Reads: 865