Busy on the sea
  |  First Published: October 2012

At last, some lovely settled weather has kept us busy at sea.


Great catches continue to be had offshore in close and out wide.

Pearl perch have slowed a little, but some light gear and soft plastics are enticing them easily enough to get a bag limit. Most 7" jerk shads are doing the trick.

Snapper have stepped into top gear and are going mad on 5" pink shine shads. On one particular day we were fishing in 50m of water, using plenty of berley and being rewarded with big numbers of 3-4kg specimens. There’s great fun to be had using plastics about 20m down.

If your bait actually had a chance of getting through this frenzy, the bigger snapper were waiting closer to the bottom and were taking live yakkas.

Other fish biting well are gold spot wrasse, parrot and big Moses perch. Fresh strips of mullet are working well on these bottom-dwellers.

Estuary cod are also in big numbers on nearly every reef we have fished. Live yakkas are essential for a good catch.


Summer whiting are the ones to target on the beach.

The beach has come alive up towards Inskip Point. I have had reports of great quality and quantity from this area, just before and the lead up to the full moon.


Winter whiting are in big numbers just north of the Bluff Reef off Fraser Island. My wife and I had a chop at them ourselves and in no time we had a bucketful to take home.

Flathead are fishing well and the hot spot is in around Pelican Bay.

For a bit of fun, small mac tuna are smashing small slug lures in the mouth of the Wide Bay Bar.

October is a good fishing month. In the past, the first two weeks have seen big schools of snapper getting caught.

It is also an excellent month for the mighty red emperor.

If you want to go on a charter, contact Keely Rose Fishing Charters, 07 5486 3150, mobile 0407 146 151 or www.keelyrosefishingcharters.com.au .

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