Rainbow shines through
  |  First Published: February 2014

What a great run of weather we have had for the summer.


It has been awesome to see calm seas, sunny days and to enjoy very consistent fishing.

On the close reefs, sweetlip, snapper and pearl perch are biting well and there have also been big cod on the menu.

A few Spanish mackerel have been taken around Double Island Point. I try to avoid this area during summer as large sharks become a real issue and all you seem to be doing is serving dinner up to them on a silver platter.

In January, spotted mackerel numbers are quite patchy, which is odd as at this time of year you can usually walk across them. They might just be extra late this season.

Out wide, red emperor have been falling for live baits with quite a few around the 10kg mark. Parrot, hussar and Moses perch are making up a big part of the day’s catches and, with the warm water temperatures, mahi mahi are in big numbers.


Probably the best action has been at Inskip Point with big golden trevally in decent numbers right at the camping area. Live bait is a must to have success at catching these guys.

Whiting are being caught just north of the swimming area at Rainbow Beach with sand worms and yabbies working well.


Great news for the crabbers – the muddies are on fire and they are big and full. From what I have been told, Kauri Creek is the hot spot.

Good flathead are on the chew around Bullock Point and at the old logging ramp on Fraser Island. Both soft and hardbodied lures are doing the damage.

February is another surface action month. In the past I have caught huge amounts of spotted and Spanish mackerel and we have also done well on quality snapper in close.

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