Making the most offshore
  |  First Published: December 2013

A good run of weather has made way for quite a few trips offshore.


The fishing has generally been great offshore and good runs of snapper, red emperor, pearl perch and other bottom dwellers have provided plenty of reef fishing satisfaction.

We haven't had to travel too far, only a few miles offshore to get into some quality snapper, lots of grassy emperor and some Moses perch.

Out wider into our northern grounds, the current has been strong so we have only taken the odd trip when it has been possible. Red emperor, pearl perch and spangled emperor bit really well so the rewards were well worth it.


Whiting and chopper tailor are still being caught around the Oaks; not as good as last month, but still plenty for a feed.

Dart are being caught along the entire stretch of beach, but to get those jumbo ones you need a big cast into the deeper water.


It's all about catching jacks. The water temperature must be perfect as there are a lot of them getting caught in all of the main creeks.

Live Potty Mullet are working the best and strips of fresh mullet are doing the trick as well.

For some full-on action there are schools of little tuna hanging around the inside of the Wide Bay bar. Small silver slugs and a fast retrieve is all you need.

December should see our pelagic action fire up. We are all expecting a good spotted mackerel season this year. We haven't seen one for the past couple due to excessive rain, so here's to a good stable summer!

Merry Christmas to my awesome clientele and avid QFM readers!

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