Red hot reefies
  |  First Published: July 2013

The weather remains a little bit unsettled and conditions have not been perfect, but the fishing has been!


Most of the fishing we have done recently has been in close to shore and we’ve had some great results. Coral trout have been a real highlight with some exceptional fish around 8kg and many around 4-5kg in weight.

The trout have been taking mullet fillets but small live yakka have also proven irresistible to them.

Other species we have caught include pearl perch, scarlet perch, sweetlip and snapper - all in the same area as the trout.

Cod have been in good numbers and they can be found on just about every bommie around. Live bait is a must to attract these big guys.

Out wider, parrot fish are thick and continue to bite well. It has been easy to get a box full of them.


Winter whiting are starting to flow in and there are good schools of them to be found from Big Mick Beacon through to Tinnanbar.

A tip for the winter whiting is nice calm water - that's when you will clean up.

Surprisingly, right up to the time of writing this report, mud crabs are still going hard. They don't seem to have slowed with the dropping water temperature, as one would expect.


There are still chopper tailor being caught near the swimming area at Rainbow Beach at night. It has been a bit hit and miss, as they seem to be there one day and gone the next.

Some nice summer whiting have been landed near the lagoon at Double Island Point on the low tide. Live beach worms will do the trick.

July is a prime month and you can usually expect very consistent fishing for all reef species. The main fish we will be targeting are pearl perch, snapper and red emperor.

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