Red shines on Rainbow
  |  First Published: December 2014

Our fantastic run of weather has continued, allowing for many successful fishing trips offshore.


We've had another big run of snapper, bagging out on them on quite a few occasions. The bigger models were coming onboard on the soft plastics, particularly Z-Mans.

Pearl perch have been on the chew as well and the bigger models in this variety were guaranteed on the soft plastics.

Other fish that have been biting well are parrot, Moses perch and some big red emperor.

On the pelagic scene, we've had a pretty good time on the mahimahi and both Spanish and spotted mackerel have graced us with their hard fighting presence.

Amberjack are rife on our northern grounds and appear to be starving hungry. They are an easy target on knife jigs.


Mangrove jack are as thick as thieves in the straits where a lot of 50cm fish are being caught. Kauri Creek has been one of the hot spots.

I have had some reports of metre-plus barramundi being caught and although I am not privy to the exact location, Gary's Anchorage might be a good place to start looking.

There have been plenty of bream around Carlo Creek with sundown being the best time to catch a few of them.

January is when the mackerel really fire up and signs are looking good that it is shaping up to be a repeat of the bumper season we scored last year.

Get those reels serviced and well greased because last year there were burnt drags, flying springs and broken ratchets everywhere – but not on my gear! I've just equipped the boat with all brand new Shimano gear that are ready for a punishing.

Take care on the water, make sure your safety gear is in top order along with your fishing gear and all the best to everyone for the New Year.

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