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Get stuck into quality fish
  |  First Published: July 2014



What a great run of weather we've had, so many days of perfect ocean conditions. There have been plenty of chances to head offshore and get stuck into some quality fish.

OFFSHORE

We haven't had to travel too far as the reef fishing has been excellent in close. We have had a really good run of pearl perch, bagging out on quite a few occasions.

Snapper have been present around the full moon. Not in huge numbers yet, but that will change as we experience a bit more of a drop in temperature. Scarlett perch have also been on the chew.

We have been picking up some beautiful coral trout. They have been biting very well and giving our inexperienced clients a little bit of grief with their bricking habits. With a little bit of advice and guidance from myself and the deck hand they have landed some nice ones.

Mackerel have slowed up a bit, but we are still picking up a few Spanish and quite a few school mackerel.

Amberjack and cobia have been the predominant pelagic species and are a fairly easy target with live yakkas or knife jigs.

GREAT SANDY STRAITS

The straits continue to fish well for winter whiting, particularly on the glass-out days with some huge catches coming in.

There have been some excellent catches of flathead with most boaties coming home with their esky full.

The muddies have slowed right down, but people are still managing to get a good feed of them.

Squid have been a good target lately and are going well on orange prawn jigs about the Carlo Point area.

ON THE BEACH

We are still picking up some nice winter whiting in the shallow gutters along Rainbow Beach, despite having to contend with a little bit of weed. Some of the locals have been getting a feed of chopper tailor from around Middle Rock.

July would have to be one of my favourite months with pearl perch, snapper and red emperor usually very consistent. We should see some more great weather and enjoy some fantastic fishing.

Just a reminder that the local fishing classic is on again from the 4-12 July.

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