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Pot of gold at the end of Rainbow Beach
  |  First Published: February 2015



We have been enjoying a good run with the weather lately, and as a consequence there’s been some great fish caught.

OFFSHORE

We have continued targeting bottom species, as the pelagics are running a bit late and the reef fishing is still very active. On our northern grounds, big pearl perch, scarlet perch, and red emperor have come aboard on each occasion we have managed to travel up there.

Our eastern grounds have proven consistent with snapper, pearl perch, cod, hussar and lots of big parrot. Mahimahi have also been available on nearly every spot we have chosen to stop at. Simply throwing an unweighted pilchard out the back of the boat has produced mahis up to 15kg. It’s very entertaining sport and a nice eating fish into the bargain.

ON THE BEACH

Whiting have been available in good numbers and the lagoon at Double Island Point has offered up a good feed. Flathead, bream and dart have been caught around The Oaks at Inskip Point, and along the beach at Middle Rock, towards Double Island Point.

GREAT SANDY STRAITS

Whiting are in good numbers here also, with Kauri Creek consistently delivering lots of big fish. The bottom end of Fraser Island has also been a good area of late.

Flathead and bream have been coming in around Carlo Point, while Bullock Point has been the go-to place for flatties.

With the heat and humidity, the mangrove jacks are also very active, and once again, Kauri Creek is fishing well for them.

Last year, February was a ripper for both reef and mackerel fishing, with the mackerel season being one of the best I've ever seen. Hopefully we're in for a repeat of that awesome action this year.

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A nice scarlet sea perch caught on a Keely Rose fishing charter.

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Shaddy looks justifiably happy with this quality pearl perch.

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A beautiful Rainbow Beach red emperor caught aboard the Keely Rose.

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