So far this season, the pelagics have been fairly erratic east of the South Passage Bar, but there has been enough positive signs to think we could get a good run of both Spanish mackerel and wahoo in the coming months.
If chasing billfish is your thing, small black marlin have been eating lures from the Sunshine Coast through to the border. These small blacks should hang around for the next month or so and dragging a 5 or 6” skirted lure around some bait schools should get you a hook up or two.
Running up to Christmas, we arranged quite a few charters back to back and the fishing was very good, both out on the wide ground and in close. Good quality squire continue to dominate our catches in 80-90m of water, with these we have been getting a few snapper in the 4-6kg bracket along with the odd pearly, rosy jobfish and amberjack.
The shallows have also produced some quality mixed bags for us on the charter, not in the numbers of fish as we’ve been pulling out wide, but in some of the hard-pulling fish. It’s been a real mix of species with snapper, mulloway, cobia, spangled emperor, amberjack and the ever-present yellowtail kingfish.
We’ve also had a handful of small black marlin swallow our floated pilchards and give us a bit of entertainment before throwing the hooks mid-jump!
I’ve heard good reports of spotted mackerel being caught up on the Sunshine Coast, so it shouldn’t be long before we see good numbers of in Moreton Bay in all the regular haunts down the Gold Coast.
There are plenty of options off Moreton and Stradbroke islands this month for both bottom fishos and those chasing pelagics. Dragging a gar ad hardbodied lure around Point Lookout or live bating on Moreton’s close coffee rock should account for a few Spaniards. If a wahoo is on your menu, the Sevens or Hutchies are the spots to have some high-speed fun.
There will be a few mahimahi around the Point Lookout Fads, as long as there’s not too much traffic or spear fishos in the water.
For the reef fishos, the squire will continue on the wider grounds and Shallow Tempest for that mixed bag of quality fish. If you can get that windless, steamy day, the 100m line east of Point Lookout is the go for some real quality pearlies.
Until next month enjoy your fishing, take care on the coastal bars.
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