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Full-on Feb fun
  |  First Published: February 2013



We've had a good run of weather lately and favourable ocean conditions have allowed for quite a few trips offshore with great results.

OFFSHORE

We have been catching an array of species: snapper, pearl perch, bucket loads of hussar and parrot, and some big scarlet sea perch.

Cod have been biting exceptionally well, as this is the time of year they feed themselves up on bait fish. They have been a fairly easy target, taking any sort of live bait offered to them.

Our main pelagic species, Spanish and spotted mackerel have also turned up. They are very active in close offshore. Spotted mackerel have been taking metal lures and floating blue pilchards.

We have managed to nail some decent red emperor when slower water current conditions have allowed.

GREAT SANDY STRAITS

Fishing in the Straits has been all about mud crabs and flathead lately. A lot of mud crabs have been potted around Kauri and Teebar creeks and further up Fraser Island near Brown's Gutters.

Flathead are biting well, particularly around Bullock Point area and the bottom end of Fraser Island. Soft plastics are working like a charm.

Some big golden trevally have been landed opposite the top end camping area at Inskip Point, not far from where the barges take off. Patience and live bait are a must when targeting these fish.

ON THE BEACH

Whiting have been a little slow, but the quality has been right up there, especially around the full moon in the early morning and late evening. The hot spots are the Oak's at Inskip Point and the bottom end of Fraser Island. Live beach worms are the best bait.

There have been plenty of small dart caught pretty much along the entire stretch of beach. They are great fun, especially for the kids.

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