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The best fishing is now
  |  First Published: August 2012



We are right in the midst of winter and now is the time our best fishing begins.

OFFSHORE

Weather wise it hasn't been a perfect run into the season. June was a bit of a shocker compared to last year, however the fishing itself has been great.

Pearl perch and snapper have been in good numbers in close. We have found that squid on a single hook and pea-sized sinker is the no-fail snapper rig at the moment. The pearl perch have been biting well on dropper rigs with half pilchards, but the 7" pearl white Gulps are still trapping the bigger fish.

On some days we have had to be more patient waiting until our berley trail drags them in, which has taken up to an hour to get them started.

Out wider we have landed some decent reds, spangled emperor and bucket loads of hussar.

Big gold spot cod are in good numbers in close and out wide and if you can manage to get a few live yakkas, it's game on with cod!

There are also some huge amberjack about and live bait is doing the trick for these big fellas.

ON THE BEACH

Beach fishing in general has been a little on the quieter side, although some good-sized dart and a few decent bream have been caught around Middle Rock.

GREAT SANDY STRAITS

Due to good rainfall in the area the fishing in the straits has been a little slower, apart from the good old flatties around Bullock Point.

There have been record catches of mud crabs, owing to lots of freshwater flushing them out. Many people have being getting their limit of these beauties.

August is the ‘everyone is happy’ month. Reef fishing is usually full-on and it is a big tailor on the beach!

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