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The snapper will keep you busy
  |  First Published: December 2014



The weather pattern over the past month or so has been average to say the least with strong northerlies dominating.

As I mentioned last month we’ve still been working the wider grounds and on most trips the fishing has been consistent with good snapper keeping us busy.

The yellowtail kingfish and amberjack have definitely slowed, but when we have found them on the chew, the sharks have been driving us mad! We have had a few good sessions at Shallow Tempest on the right moon phase and we’ve boated some quality snapper, spangled emperor and the odd mulloway. There’s been lots of bait in the area, so it won’t surprise me if small black marlin start showing up shortly a long this line of reef.

Spanish mackerel and wahoo are being caught in the Cape Moreton and Point Lookout areas and their numbers should increase during the next couple of months, and if we get a more southerly weather pattern, we should see some good catches recorded.

Spotted mackerel schools shouldn’t be far away either, but sop far they haven’t showed up as yet. They’ll normally push along the front of Bribie Island following bait schools and Moreton Bay and some will break off and push down the outside of Moreton Island. The spotties don’t seem to hold for any length of time on the coffee rock reefs on the ocean side of Moreton Island but if you are there chasing Spanish mackerel it pays to have a spin stick ready to go, just in case they are up working bait schools on the surface.

School mackerel do hold on the coffee rock and at times can be that thick you won’t be able to get a bait past them to find a Spaniard. That’s not all bad, as they are good on the chew and they give a fair account of themselves on light tackle. If you’re keen to target schoolies rolling a weighted pilly, spinning metal slugs or trolling small barra spoons behind a paravane will account for their fair share of fish.

Until next month enjoy your fishing, take care on the coastal bars.

• If you’d like to join me on charter (max 8 persons) give me a call on (07) 3822 9527 or 0418 738750. You can also visit my website at www.outlawcharters.com.au.

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